Last Monday began with heavy rain, but undeterred, Stephanie and Matthew took to the water for a canoe safari to the Loch Lomond Islands. Slowly the day improved until they were rewarded with sunshine and warming temperatures.
First they visited Inchtavannach where St Kessog set up the first monastery in the area, in the year 510. They scaled Tom Nan Clag (The hill of the bell) before heading on to Inchconnachan. Matthew enjoyed a short solo paddle and I was impressed with the speed with which he developed his skills.
Continuing south they completed pleasant circumnavigation of Inchtavannach, meeting some of the local residents, before returning to Luss!
Despite heavy rain fall in the afternoon, five clients and I had a great day.
Chris and his father, Tom, (celebrating his seventieth birthday) were joined by Rebecca, Elizabeth and Sarah three friends from Germany for an adventure on Loch Lomond.
We started from the Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel and paddled down to Luss and Fraoch Island. This island is populated with gulls and kittiwakes at this time, whilst they sit on their eggs. No chicks were spotted but next week should see the beginning of the hatch.
From there we paddled to Inchconachan and went on a trek around the island in search of the elusive wallabies. We didn’t see any but we did come across some spoor which seemed quite fresh.
After leaving Inchconachan we visited Inchtavannach before heading back for Luss. It was then that the heavens opened and it rained heavily for the whole of our return journey. Surprisingly, it was great fun. The rain was coming down without wind, the heavy drops almost singing as they fell en-mass onto the still surface of the water. Magic!
Looking for a engaging informative and authentic west country experience, why not choose from a range of authentic tailored, escorted eco experiences with us amongst the rolling fields, forests, coasts and countryside of rural Devon and Exmoor. You might like to have an enjoyed canoe safari along the Grand Union canal or a local estuaries, or a guided day out looking at the regions ancient heritage traditions and primeval wildlife such as our Red deer. Our team of dedicated locally based outdoor guides have a diverse range of interests and flexibility, which may enhance your experience along with the ability to deliver a service which aims to engage you with heritage, nature and the outdoors.
Our next open canoe safari is on the 5th June leaving from the Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel at Luss.
Places still exist, so take the chance while you still can to book your magical trip to the Loch Lomond islands and go on line at www.hiddenadventures.co.uk. Check it out; a bit of easy canoeing, a little history and heritage and a dash of flora and fauna.
Suitable for all the family! Fantastic views and scenery – weather permitting! 🙂
There are places left on this wonderful Spring canoes safari which will be having our most experienced guide Archie running the day. Archie is retired (supposedly) he spent forty years in the outdoor education industry both as an instructor and a manager and he just can’t let go!He tells guests in an introductory e mail “I still love taking people out on outdoor experiences and so I am looking very much towards the day.
You’ll explore out of the way beaches, wildlife watch and learn all about Scots and local heritage through Archie’s fascinating facts and story telling. It looks to be great fun and social too .. interesting in joining this trip there are spaces still left .. get in touch .
The first day of the new season proved to be ideal, with little wind and even a glimpse of warming sun. It was Kimbrley’s ‘Hen’ weekend organised by her pals and trip on the Loch was just one of the many happy events planned.
After following the marked trail to the top of the island we were rewarded with wonderful views of the Loch. We then descended towards the east of the island and visited the ancient churchyard where several local clan chiefs are buried.
Making our way back to Port Bawn, we paddled south ending up where we started, well relaxed and appreciative of the peaceful setting.
My names Hellen and i have been working with Hidden Adventures for over three months now . I am a Kenyan citizen and was born and bred in Central Kenya on the foothills of the Aberdare mountains. Hidden Adventures has the advantage of being a UK based company but with people like me to safeguard and ensure your holiday adventure goes to plan. Wildlife and bird watching is popular in my country and we hope to take you to the best places.Kenya is rich is fruit for example the other day we went swimming where there was lots of mango There was a fine if you picked them unripe but if they were ripe they were free !) where you will be staying and where i live is near a big pineapple plantation too . I guess trying these fruits is different for you.If you like we can head to a market whilst you pass through Thika town.. welcome Kenya ..
Be a valuable member of a small team of no more than eight adventurers for a memorable 14 day trip to explore Equatorial Kenya. You might wish to see Wild Elephants or trek mighty Mt Kenya and witness sunrise above the moonscape and equatorial snow of the afro alpine tundra, with the expanse which is the Great Rift Valley below. Perhaps you want to be involved in something worthwhile, to experience ancient tribal traditions, to learn about and help protect these diminishing traditions and threatened wildlife.Relax amongst the forested slopes of the cool Kenyan Highlands on the edge of the Africa savannah, with a short stay to explore the fascinating colonial township of Thika (Nr Nairobi) and its surroundings. We have many years’ experience in eco adventures and have personally checked out our service includes UK based support, travel safe induction, Itinerary and holiday agreement, half board throughout your stay in some wonderful locations, park entry permits, transfers and in country transport, all driver /guides, an in country guide/trouble shooter.
You’ll get enough information to book your adventure and your flight, just get here and we will do the rest. Choose from our themed weeks, which include bird watching and wildlife, Mountain trekking, Culture and bush craft, a tailored people and conservation project week. Create and enjoy your own 14 day Hidden Kenyan Adventure for just £1’850.
On your expedition you will for some time at least be a based in Thika,its a lovely township with a colonial feel with lots to see and do all off the beaten track. These selection images were taken from just a days outing exploring the town and chatting with its residents. During my day I stumbled across a vintage bicycle rigged for sharpening knives, a vintage VW beetle complete with chromed badge and a place you can get a tailored suit designed and made for fifty quid or there about.
We are Lucky to have The Luke hotel in Thika as one of hospitality partners,the hotel is located within Thika town.The hotel and rooms are comfortable, clean and quite. The friendly accommodating staff pride themselves on offering a professional caring service for guests and the hotel provides a blend of dishes which cater for a European and East African palette, including the ever popular Nayma choma (Roast meat).In the immediate vicinity has local shops colonial Indian quarter and a short Tuk Tuk ride gets you into Thika town with its abundance of traders ,markets and food places. Its also excellent for day trips to Nairobi city and Kilimambogo famous for its large heard of wild buffalo and pineapple plantations. Oh did I mention there is great reliable WIFI and you can cool off in the large swimming pool for free.