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! 🙂