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. 

Places:

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.

Sausages and a Sausage Dog

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An intrepid canoe journey and bushcraft day for 4 people and one sausage dog. We began with some tandem paddling skills practice and journeyed south on Loch Lomond past the historic village of Luss. As there was a strong south westerly wind racing up the loch today, we rafted our canoes together so that we could more easily make the crossing to the islands. As we made the journey, we talked about Ben Lomond (Scotland’s most southerly munro), Conic Hill and the highland boundary and the various ways to ward off midgies, including the midge-repelling qualities of the plant Bog Myrtle. 

We chose a beach on Inchconnachan and were pleased to see a plentiful supply of driftwood washed ashore. After finding a safe and clear space and collecting a range of tinder and kindling, the group showed great perseverance, getting some of the best parks I’ve ever seen from a flint and striker, until the fire was alight. We made ourselves long skewers and cooked sausages over the fire, roasting sweet potatoes in the embers. We talked about the various methods of filtering and purifying water and also found some sphagnum moss and chatted about its anti-bacterial qualities. We came across blaeberries growing behind the beach and also some Bog Myrtle.

Once we had made sure we were leaving the beach as we found it, we returned to Luss in our raft and I think only Pippa the sausage dog was really glad to be back again.