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.
It was the perfect day. Calm and sunny; ideal for open canoeing. It also meant that there were no restrictions on where we could go, so the group decided that a three islands trek was on.
The first visit was to Inchloanaig to view the ancient Yew trees planted under the orders of Robert the Bruce. The second was to Inchcailloch to visit the old lodge house owned by the Colquhoun family and to try and find one of the elusive Loch Lomond wallabies!
Finally the group paddled over to Inchtavannach and enjoyed a wild food foraging before returning to Luss.
It was an excellent safari paddle, taking in a wide variety of local heritage interest too.
I enjoyed a great family day out on the 6th of September with Mum, Dad and their two young adventurers.
We met at Wild by Nature’s usual starting point at the Lodge on the Loch hotel, Luss. Once the initial briefing had take place we collected our equipment and we were off to track wallabies on Inch Connachan!
With a northerly breeze we made good progress and were soon on the island. Fortified with fresh blaeberries we entered ‘silent mode’ and stealthily followed the wild trails to the island summit. Although no wallabies were seen, we did see fresh spoor which suggested they hadn’t long been there themselves.
As we returned to the canoes we did, however, discover the the mysterious ‘Blood Hand Rock’ – see the picture below!!
After this fearful discovery we quickly headed off to complete the circumnavigation of Inch Connachan. Our intrepid explorers had to work hard this time against the wind in order to get back to the Luss shore, but they showed excellent grit and determination and reached the home port with smiles still on their faces.
Good fun and a great adventure. Thanks to you all.
Places: Luss, Inch Connachan
Fauna: Heron, Cormorant, Canadian Geese, Gulls, Wood Ants, Malard Ducklings
Flora: Sphagnum moss, Wood sorrel, Western Atlantic Oak, Blaeberries, Scots Pine
Loch Lomond (5th Sept.) – It was one of the sunniest days I’d experienced this year event though it was the beginning of autumn. I had the pleasure of guiding a group of medical scientist on a safari to the islands and they proved to be wonderful company.
We met at the Lodge on the Loch Hotel at Luss for the introductions and initial briefing and, once kitted up, we set forth on our adventure.
We paddled first to Froach Island and from there made an open crossing to Inch Connachan. We visited the ruins Lady Allen’s lodge house and the saw mill she built where the timber was cut for the lodge. This was followed by a trek in search of the illusive Loch Lomond Wallabies. Though none were sighted this time we did identify some fresh spoor, suggesting that they were not far away.
After we returned to the canoes, we set off on a very pleasant circumnavigation of Inch Tavannach, visiting an ancient crannog site, the statuette known as ‘Little Peter’ and Ardochlay on the way.
All in all a great day out.
Its not often that we have such a large group but last weekend saw sixteen participants take to the water for a Loch Lomond Islands Canoe Safari. The weather may have been a little ‘damp’ at times but spirits were high as we set of from The Lodge on the Loch Hotel at Luss.
The group visited Inch Tavannach and all managed the climb up the little hill, Thom-na-Clagg, from which they marvelled at the view which included the site of an ancient Crannog.
Well done to all and many thanks for a great day out.