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.
I had a great day out with Rebecca and Ben from Australia last Monday. It was fearfully cold and we had to cope with strong winds, but they were determined to make the islands – ‘Wallaby’ island in particular. After leaving from Lodge on Loch Lomond we had a hard paddle down the coast towards Ardlui allowing us space for drift on our crossing to Inch Tavannach. (Congratulations R&B on your canoe handling!)
After climbing Tom-na-clagg and admiring the view to the south we had lunch on the sheltered north beach. We then entered the narrows and set foot on Inch Connachan. It seems ironic that Rebecca and Ben would travel all the way to Scotland to just to see wallabies when they have plenty of them on their doorstep, almost literally!
Did they see any? Well that’s a secret between them and me! The one thing that I can say was special for Ben was to experience his first snow shower:)
Off Lodge on Loch Lomond
The Beach on Inch Tavannach
Thank you to Martin, Carol, Samuel and Tula for getting me out on a wonderful Easter Monday. Starting cool and misty the day soon brightened up to become a wonderfully sunny spring day.
Places: Luss, Inch Tavannach, Inch Connachan
Fauna: Swan, Woodpecker, Kittiwake, Oyster Catcher, Cormorant, Canadian Goose
Flora: Alder, Horse's Hoof Fungi, Birch, Pine, Atlantic Oak and Australian Magnolia