Loch Lomond (5th Sept.) – It was one of the sunniest days I’d experienced this year event though it was the beginning of autumn. I had the pleasure of guiding a group of medical scientist on a safari to the islands and they proved to be wonderful company.
We met at the Lodge on the Loch Hotel at Luss for the introductions and initial briefing and, once kitted up, we set forth on our adventure.
We paddled first to Froach Island and from there made an open crossing to Inch Connachan. We visited the ruins Lady Allen’s lodge house and the saw mill she built where the timber was cut for the lodge. This was followed by a trek in search of the illusive Loch Lomond Wallabies. Though none were sighted this time we did identify some fresh spoor, suggesting that they were not far away.
After we returned to the canoes, we set off on a very pleasant circumnavigation of Inch Tavannach, visiting an ancient crannog site, the statuette known as ‘Little Peter’ and Ardochlay on the way.
All in all a great day out.
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
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