A wonderful day was had accompanying members of the Sierra Club on their West Highland Way trek from Drymen to Balmaha. The route took us over Conoc Hill, a volcanic hill forming part of the Highland Boundary Fault.
En route we observed and talked about flora and fauna, forestry practices, history and heritage. This included the clan structure in the area, historical and contemporary uses of the land, the potential for Loch Lomond being used as part of a cross nation canal and much more.
We saw buzzards, peacock butterflies, a robin and Dor Beetle, commonly known as Dung Beetles.
Although cool the weather was fine with only one significant shower.
Always a pleasure I look forward to undertaking this trek again next year.
Yesterday we were on the last day of one of our extended programmes. This was self planned trip with the guys doing everything from planning, venue choice and checking weather. The group also had to consider everyones abilities to insure all enjoyed the day. In the end we chose the groups back up venue, Loch Chon due to wind on Loch Long.
Places: Loch Chon, Aberfoyle
Fauna: Deer, Crow, Heron, Buzzard, Robin, Raven
Flora: Blaeberry, Wood sorrel, Bog Myrtle, Nettles, Mountain soft rush, Scotts Pine tree, Sycamore, Alder, Oak, Silver Birch
Today was day 7 of one of our extended and progressive programmes. This time we put in at Balmaha on the east shore of Loch Lomond and visited Inchcailloch and Clairinish. A great day once again with some more advanced skills and decision making.
Places: Loch Lomond, Inchcailloch, Loch Lomond national park, Balmaha
Fauna: Swan, Crow, Buzzard, Merganser, Robin, Black Guillemot
Flora: Wood sorrel, Mountain soft rush, Scotts Pine tree, Alder, Oak, Silver Birch
T oday we took advantage of the glorious Autumnal weather and went to Loch Lomond. We used this to introduce our latest member to more open water. And what a day it was.
Places: Loch Lomond, Inchcailloch, Luss, Loch Lomond national park
Fauna: Deer, Crow, Herring Gull, Heron, Buzzard, Robin, Dipper
Flora: Wood sorrel, Bog Myrtle, Mountain soft rush, Scotts Pine tree, Alder, Oak, Silver Birch
We had a fantastic time on Sunday with some great boys on one of our classic Bush n Bash experiences. We had a brilliant afternoon running round, playing in the mud and enjoying the countryside.