I enjoyed a great family day out on the 6th of September with Mum, Dad and their two young adventurers.
We met at Wild by Nature’s usual starting point at the Lodge on the Loch hotel, Luss. Once the initial briefing had take place we collected our equipment and we were off to track wallabies on Inch Connachan!
With a northerly breeze we made good progress and were soon on the island. Fortified with fresh blaeberries we entered ‘silent mode’ and stealthily followed the wild trails to the island summit. Although no wallabies were seen, we did see fresh spoor which suggested they hadn’t long been there themselves.
As we returned to the canoes we did, however, discover the the mysterious ‘Blood Hand Rock’ – see the picture below!!
After this fearful discovery we quickly headed off to complete the circumnavigation of Inch Connachan. Our intrepid explorers had to work hard this time against the wind in order to get back to the Luss shore, but they showed excellent grit and determination and reached the home port with smiles still on their faces.
Good fun and a great adventure. Thanks to you all.
Places: Luss, Inch Connachan
Fauna: Heron, Cormorant, Canadian Geese, Gulls, Wood Ants, Malard Ducklings
Flora: Sphagnum moss, Wood sorrel, Western Atlantic Oak, Blaeberries, Scots Pine
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.