New Year Historic Treks at Loch Lomond

January 1st 2019, the Loch is calm and the sun is shining. What a way to start the year with a refreshing walk around Luss village. Well, that’s what 45 people enjoyed after their New Year celebrations at The Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel, the largest number we’ had to date.

Two walks were conducted by historic guide, Archie Waters, visiting some of the main attractions at Luss. The pictures below show some of the group walking along the beech, with Ben Lomond (Beacon Hill) in the background and the other the Viking Hogg Backed Stone in the graveyard. 

This part of Scotland has a fantastic historical heritage featuring well known  icons such as Saint Kessog, Robert the Bruce and Rob Roy. The groups enjoyed hearing about them all but also found the less likely heroes – the Loch Lomond Wallabies – just as intriguing.

A very enjoyable start to the year!




Loch Side accomodation

Mansefield House, situated in the picturesque  shores of Loch Long, is a fine Grade B listed Victorian house. Full of character and original features and offers a comfortable, homely accommodation. Set in its own grounds and close by village amenities and set to showcase expansive highland scenery too. Mansefield House is a warm and homely house perfectly suited to families with young children, groups of friends celebrating a special occasion or reunion, ideally suited for those wanting a base whilst enjoying Hidden Adventures bespoke canoeing and hill trekking days out.. Well behaved pets are extremely welcome.Sleeps 10 + 2 in 4 double bedrooms and 1 twin room.  Ground floor double bedroom with en-suite shower room. Upstairs, twin room with 2 additional guest beds. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and stunning loch views. Family sized double with loch views (and cot), and double bedroom. Family bathroom with roll top bath, two en suite shower rooms, separate WC.

Loch Lomond lies 2 miles to the East a popular requested venue for our guests wanting to explore the islands. It could not be easier to arrange a holiday with us as for many years we have worked hard to dove tail our eco experiences with Manse

Team explore the Loch

Highland cow

field house and guests expectations for a wonderful Scottish break.


Luss Walks, New Year’s Day 2018

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.

May we wish you all the very best for 2018.


Hidden Kenya Kikuyu farmstead

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.