An intrepid canoe journey and bushcraft day for 4 people and one sausage dog. We began with some tandem paddling skills practice and journeyed south on Loch Lomond past the historic village of Luss. As there was a strong south westerly wind racing up the loch today, we rafted our canoes together so that we could more easily make the crossing to the islands. As we made the journey, we talked about Ben Lomond (Scotland’s most southerly munro), Conic Hill and the highland boundary and the various ways to ward off midgies, including the midge-repelling qualities of the plant Bog Myrtle.
We chose a beach on Inchconnachan and were pleased to see a plentiful supply of driftwood washed ashore. After finding a safe and clear space and collecting a range of tinder and kindling, the group showed great perseverance, getting some of the best parks I’ve ever seen from a flint and striker, until the fire was alight. We made ourselves long skewers and cooked sausages over the fire, roasting sweet potatoes in the embers. We talked about the various methods of filtering and purifying water and also found some sphagnum moss and chatted about its anti-bacterial qualities. We came across blaeberries growing behind the beach and also some Bog Myrtle.
Once we had made sure we were leaving the beach as we found it, we returned to Luss in our raft and I think only Pippa the sausage dog was really glad to be back again.
The first safari of 2016 took place on the 9th of April and it didn’t fail to live up to expectations; wonderful scenery, wildlife and heritage. Simon and Mairead chose to enjoy a short spring break incorporating a heritage and nature canoe safari on Loch lomond.
One of the advantages of visiting Inchconnachan early in the season is seeing the magnificent blossom on the magnolia tree.
Identifying some wallaby spoor we knew there was still a chance of seeing one. Creeping steadily through the undergrowth we saw something moving, which turned out to be a roe deer. A little further on we were rewarded with a clear view of one of the islands red necked wallabies.
After our trek we circumnavigated Inchtavannach, visiting ‘Little Peter’ en route.
My thanks to Simon and Mired for a wonderful start to the season.
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
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
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