Canoeing on Loch Lomond

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.

 

Heritage Recce – Wild by Nature

I had the pleasure of being taken by Urban Adventures volunteers to see the ruins of Broomhill Hospital in Kirkintilloch. This was a reciprocal event for me showing them around Mugdock Country Park and its various facilities for adventure activities.

The pictures show the team of volunteers – to whom I am most grateful for showing me round; especially Cathy who had worked at the hospital and was able to give us first hand information on what it was like when it was open. The team

At the Gatehouse

Main Entrance

are featured at the gatehouse. The second picture is of the front entrance to the hospital and with west wing extension.

Originally a private estate house it was converted into a hospital for the incurably sick in 1876. (I recommend you google Broomhill Hospital, History for more precise information).

Thanks for an interesting day, team.

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Easter Canoe Safari on Loch Lomond

 

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.