Loch Lomond Spring Canoe Safari

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.

 

 

Open Canoe Safari – Loch Lomond

The first safari of 2016 took place on the 9th of April and it didn’t fail to live up to expectations; wonderful scenery, wildlife and heritage. Simon and Mairead chose to enjoy a short spring break incorporating a heritage and nature canoe safari on Loch lomond.

One of the advantages of visiting Inchconnachan early in the season is seeing the magnificent blossom on the magnolia tree.

Identifying some wallaby spoor we knew there was still a chance of seeing one. Creeping steadily through the undergrowth we saw something moving, which turned out to be a roe deer. A little further on we were rewarded with a clear view of one of the islands red necked wallabies.

After our trek we circumnavigated Inchtavannach, visiting ‘Little Peter’ en route.

My thanks to Simon and Mired for a wonderful start to the season.

Weekend Canoe Safari – Loch Lomond

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.

Luss Canoe Day

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.