Showers and sunny intervals were the order of the last Monday when the ‘Gould consortium’ took to the Loch on their safari.
The breeze was a little challenging, but the group were strong enough to get out to Inchtavannach to explore the island. Ascending the hill ‘Tom-na-Clag’ was a little awkward with the summer undergrowth, but the group were fortified with wild fruits and fresh water found on the way.
Well done all. You handled the boats well in tricky conditions and made a great adventure of the day.
Drinking water from natural sources.
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.
Today we were in Loch Lomomd, putting in at Balmaha with a great couple of guys. We covered some quite advanced skills and explored Inchcailloch with its indigenous woodland and the site of St Kentergerna’s nunnery and Clan Mcgregor burial ground.
Places: Loch Lomond, Inchcailloch, Loch Lomond national park, Balmaha
Fauna: Deer, Swan, Mallard, Herring Gull, Heron, Merganser, Robin, Osprey
Flora: Blaeberry, Wood sorrel, Bog Myrtle, Nettles, Mountain soft rush, Lilly pads, Scotts Pine tree, Alder, Oak, Silver Birch
Wow what a classic adventure not just canoeing but learning all sorts about the landscape heritage and bush craft too , we spotted some lovely ravens and also a group of swans and as we paddled out two ospreys dived and played over.
The kids did really well and the adults were not far behind them
Fauna: Swan, Raven, Osprey
Flora: Blaeberry, Wood sorrel, Bog Myrtle, Nettles, Common sorrel, Scotts Pine tree, Alder, Oak, Honeysuckle