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.
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
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
Yesterday we were on day 3 of an extended programme. This time we were on Loch Lomond looking at Teamwork, Communication, and skills. The Loch was extremely calm and as the trees are beginning to turn quite beautiful
Places: Loch Lomond, Inchmoan, Luss, Loch Lomond national park
Fauna: Swan, Mallard, Oystercatcher, Herring Gull, Merganser, Dipper
Flora: Blaeberry, Wood sorrel, Bog Myrtle, Mountain soft rush, Scotts Pine tree, Alder, Oak, Silver Birch