Glassy Calm Canoeing 21/8/17

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.

27th July Loch Lomond Safari

Team Visible Fiction!

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. 

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Loch Lomond Safari

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!

Loch Lomond canoe safari

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 .

Loch Lomond Canoe Safari

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.

Kenya’s culture and nature

Most of our Kenyan team are proud members of the Agikuyu (kikuyu).You will find the Kikuyu very social bunch, who like a good laugh, with townships being alive with chatter, Kikuyu brand of music and the smell of Nyama choma (roasted meat). The women are strong its quite regular you’ll spot a Grandmother,carrying baby on back and fire wood or water on her head as she cheerfully goes about her daily chores. The word Agikuyu translated means a type of Sycamore tree, a tree which is believed to be where the tribe were nurtured by their gods Gikuyu and Mumbi. It is believed that the group being of Bantu origin moved to the Mt Kenya region from the Congo with their Gods and spirits making their home on Mt Kirinyaga (Kenya). I am lead to believe from speaking with elders, it is traditional to still face Mt Kenya when praying for rain, orientating hut doors and also concerning burials. Join our Kenyan team and immerse yourself in this fascinating culture and socialise with these good people during your Adventure. On our bush craft and traditions weeks you’ll hear great stories and put great techniques into practice.

Traditional  dress Kikuyu

Traditional dress Kikuyu

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