Yesterday we enjoyed the company of 22 students from USA on a series of short trips on Loch Lomond. Starting from Luss (Village of the herbs), each group paddled south towards Fraoch Island.
En route they were ‘treated’ to a rendition of the Loch Lomond song, ‘By Yon Bonnie Banks’ with an explanation of its origins; provided with historical information on several of the islands; and had an opportunity to see some of this season’s young aquatic birds which visit the Loch’s shores.
With a wee bit of Scottish history and heritage thrown in it allowed the groups to get a real feel for the Scottish highland countryside and culture.
Awaiting the passage of the ferry boat.
It was a breezy day with squally showers, but my guests from Ohio, USA coped admirably with the conditions.
We made our way south from the historic village of Luss close to the shore to avoid the worst effects of the wind and then made a crossing to the island of Inchtavannach in between squalls.
There we explored the capercaillie lek and studied some of the edible and function vegetation in the area.
A short passage took us to Inchconnachan where we went on a wallaby trek. Unfortunately, none were sighted this time around but sun shone whilst there and we enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the sampling some bog myrtle we headed back across to the mainland, again between squalls. A hard push saw us into sheltered waters and an easy coast back to Luss.
Many thanks to all for a wonderful day out.
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.
Today (Monday 10th August) was definitely interesting. Having just endured the wettest July on record the forecast for today had been grim. However, we were pleasantly surprised when the morning rain was pretty light and the winds calm! The group set off for Inch Tavannach and made the island with ease. We then set off of Inch Tavannach and had only just landed when we were hit by the heaviest shower I can remember. Fortunately it didn’t last too long and, although it brought strengthening wind with it, the sun soon began to shine.
We had a great time as we came to the mouth of the river Luss as the torrential rain had increased the water flow into the loch giving us some fun ferry gliding in the moving water.
Well done to all that were there. It turned out a very enjoyable day.
Last wekend I enjoyed two days paddling on Loch Lomond with a group of friends who had gathered from all over the UK (and beyond). The first day started off with strong winds and so we rafted up into teams to ensure everyone could easily keep together. Following the coast to maintain shelter we paddle off south of Luss. With the wind easing steadily we were soon able to take a direct line for the islands. We explore Inch Cailloch including a climb of Tom-na-Clagg to enjoy the view to the south.
The next day included a visit to the Osprey viewing site. Careful to keep our distance we saw the female bird perched high on a distant tree. Our journey included an unsuccessful trekking expedition to see if we could sight any of the rumoured wallabies before making our way against, again increasing winds, back to Luss.
A tough trip in parts, everyone enjoyed the experience. My congratulations to all for covering a really good distance over the two days.