Around thirty people, enjoying a festive break at The Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel, took part in the New Year’s Day heritage walks around the Village of Luss today. With the memories of the previous nights meal and ceilidh still fresh in their minds, it was time for a breath of fresh air.
The first group suffered a little from rain showers, but the second group were blessed with dry and bright wether for the duration.
Ben Lomond, depicted in the picture below, was at its best, with the reflection of the sun’s light from its snowy cap, backlighting the participants in the fore ground.
Everyone greatly enjoyed the commentary that accompanied the walk; tales of daring do, treachery, and cattle rustling, as well as geology that help to create much of the countries history but providing a borderline between two peoples of competing cultures.
Close by the colonial township of Thika is beautiful countryside dotted with traditional farmsteads , houses and rural community predominantly those members of the Kikuyu tribe . Strolling through this area was a real treat and had an authentic feel as we were invited to look at Joe’s farmstead which houses goats pigs, chickens and rabbits with some space dedicated for crops . A variety of truly wild animals live throughout this region including some large snake, a variety of birds, hippos and hyenas. The farmstead is enclosed and over a number of levels , we enjoyed roast plantain , got meat . There is something in eating with your hands and out of doors that seems to make some foods taste better . We were given a guided tour of the farm and area and heard stories of leopard and wild animals along with organic farming methods such as bio gas systems and fodder and fertilizer production. The Kikuyu being pastorals are particularly good at farming and its said give an experienced Kikuyu a Jembe (A Kenyan hoe), piece of land they can grow anything . If this is an experience you would like come and join us for a Hidden Kenyan adventure.
Today we made use of the lovely but rather cold and inclement weather and provided a tailor made event , where guests explored the countryside around Luss on foot. During this day we were blessed with expansive views of Loch Lomond, Where our guide story told about the formation of the Loch, its history and colonization after the last ice age circa 10’000 years ago until today. Throughout the day we looked at Bush craft,plants uses an tried to paint a picture of the lifestyle and dwellings of the Picts. Before exploring the forested old slate quarries and lovely Glen with its beautiful river.The day was a great blend of exploration with a informative interpretation about landscape, heritage and nature. A great social day was had by all which included a visit to a The Loch Lomond arms ” Inn and finishing with fish n chips in the local town en route home .
A beautiful paddle today with a family of 5 on holiday from Germany. The water was so calm that we were able to travel a good distance. We visited the islands of Inchtavannach where we saw deer and Highland cows, Inchmoan, where we found deer tracks along the water’s edge and explored a ruined building, and Inchconnachan, where some of us went looking for more wildlife while others made tea and skimmed stones.
A lovely day on the loch with the Visible Fiction staff team. We set out from Luss in tandem boats, rafted up in windy conditions but were unable to reach the islands. Undeterred, we found a beach of our own for some swimming and the most sophisticated picnic I’ve ever had (asparagus tips and strawberries!). We also chatted about the connection between Clan Colquhoun and the Loch Lomond Islands. Calmer conditions and some excellent team work got us back to Luss in time to glimpse a Highland wedding taking place on the shore.
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! 🙂