10km paddle on Loch Lomond

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Fantastic day for a long exploratory paddle among the islands of Loch Lomond. With only 3 of us on the trip, and a predominantly (and unusual) flat-calm day on the loch, we were able to focus on paddling skills enough to manage an impressive 10km paddle around the central cluster of islands on Loch Lomond, stopping on 3 of them to admire the views and enjoy the relatively unspoilt locations. We even managed to find time to brew some hot chocolate, forage for blaeberries and try out some solo paddling skills! As we journeyed, we chatted about the origins of Luss village, the Highland fault line and Conic Hill, the Colquhoun family and the Munros of Scotland. We saw Oyster Catchers, ducklings and Blackback gulls but unfortunately no wallabies. We were tested by a little headwind at times, especially when solo paddling, but my two companions were natural paddlers and picked up the subtleties of open boating very quickly. We were enjoying ourselves so much that we stayed out on the water for 5 hours in total, covering 10km in distance. We had glassy-still water for most of our trip and did not see one midge all day! 

 

Canoeing on Loch Lomond

It was an early meet on Friday with Laurel and Skye from Utah. Which meant we had the Loch to ourselves – at least for a while. Drifting down the coast with the rising sun warming us gently, we crossed over to the island,Inch Tavannach and climbed Bell Hill. Later, we paddled on to Inch Connachan in search of the elusive Scottish Red Throated Wallabies before completing the circumnavigation of Inch Tavannach and returning to Luss. Thanks for a great trip ladies. It was great being with you.

Sunrise on Loch Lomond

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