Family Canoe Safari on Loch Lomond

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.

Drinking water from natural sources.

Canoe Safari on Loch Lomond

The 4th of October 2015 I enjoyed an excellent safari with seven new clients.

After a relaxing coffee at the Lodge on loch Lomond Hotel, where we discussed what to look forward to, we set off in our canoes to Inch Tavannach. We explored the north end of the island talking about wild foodstuffs and capercaillies which used to frequent the island during the mating season. After this we climbed Tom-na Clag to appreciate the southern views from the summit.

A short paddle to the next island allowed us to explore the site of the old Lodge House and undertake a Wallaby trek……Were we successful in spotting one? Well that’s our little secret!

The intrepid group set off down the narrows and visited honeymoon bay on Inch Moan before heading back to Luss.

All had a wonderful day out learning much about the history and heritage of Loch Lomond.

Rafted together at Luss

The group at Honeymoon Bay

 

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.

 

Weekend Canoe Safari – Loch Lomond

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.

Wild Lomond Trek

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.