It was the perfect day. Calm and sunny; ideal for open canoeing. It also meant that there were no restrictions on where we could go, so the group decided that a three islands trek was on.
The first visit was to Inchloanaig to view the ancient Yew trees planted under the orders of Robert the Bruce. The second was to Inchcailloch to visit the old lodge house owned by the Colquhoun family and to try and find one of the elusive Loch Lomond wallabies!
Finally the group paddled over to Inchtavannach and enjoyed a wild food foraging before returning to Luss.
It was an excellent safari paddle, taking in a wide variety of local heritage interest too.
Friday 8th July was a great day out with a local group (Glasgow) from Luss to two of Loch Lomond’s many islands. On the first we found out about the uses of Sphangnum Moss, Horse’s Hoof Fungi and some of nature’s own medicines as well as collecting and tasting Blaeberries, Wood Sorrel and Pine needles (not so pleasant). On the second we searched in vain for sight of the island’s few remaining wallabies, and discovered some of the history of the island and it’s inhabitants. A strong headwind on the way home meant that all the paddling skills developed in the morning were put to good use and we were even treated to some warm and sunny spells on our return journey too.
It was a breezy day with squally showers, but my guests from Ohio, USA coped admirably with the conditions.
We made our way south from the historic village of Luss close to the shore to avoid the worst effects of the wind and then made a crossing to the island of Inchtavannach in between squalls.
There we explored the capercaillie lek and studied some of the edible and function vegetation in the area.
A short passage took us to Inchconnachan where we went on a wallaby trek. Unfortunately, none were sighted this time around but sun shone whilst there and we enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the sampling some bog myrtle we headed back across to the mainland, again between squalls. A hard push saw us into sheltered waters and an easy coast back to Luss.
Many thanks to all for a wonderful day out.
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.
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
Places: Luss, Inch Tavannach, Inch Connachan, Inch Moan
Fauna: Cormorant, Mute Swan, Malard Ducks, Wallaby
Flora: Blaeberry, Wood sorrel, Horse's Hoof Fungi, Hawthorn, Western Atlantic Oak