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.
It was the day after Catrina’s wedding – Congratulations Catrina! – and to allow the adults to relax after the celebrations a bushcraft/survival event was organised.
After a blindfold team game and guessing the weight of an Atlantic Oak tree, we set off to explore the natural world. First was and Alice in Wonderland examination of mole burrows underneath the grass. Then we were off along the coast of Loch Lomond in search of ‘alien’ species.
For their own protection the group realised a shelter should be built and everyone work hard as a team to ensure a superior quality shelter was made.
Members of the group foraging.
Showing off the Shelter
Once the shelter was build they set off in search of wild foods, but found it more fun to play Mountain Soft Rush darts instead! On the way back to the Hostel everyone stopped to find out more about fire-lighting and great effort was made in using strikers – more fireworks than flame – but the techniques were definitely developing.
A great time was had by all and I must say, that from a leader’s point of view, I have seldom worked with a more attentive and hard working group.
Well done teammates!
I had a great day out with Rebecca and Ben from Australia last Monday. It was fearfully cold and we had to cope with strong winds, but they were determined to make the islands – ‘Wallaby’ island in particular. After leaving from Lodge on Loch Lomond we had a hard paddle down the coast towards Ardlui allowing us space for drift on our crossing to Inch Tavannach. (Congratulations R&B on your canoe handling!)
After climbing Tom-na-clagg and admiring the view to the south we had lunch on the sheltered north beach. We then entered the narrows and set foot on Inch Connachan. It seems ironic that Rebecca and Ben would travel all the way to Scotland to just to see wallabies when they have plenty of them on their doorstep, almost literally!
Did they see any? Well that’s a secret between them and me! The one thing that I can say was special for Ben was to experience his first snow shower:)
Off Lodge on Loch Lomond
The Beach on Inch Tavannach
The weather forecast was not good! However, undaunted, Laura and Steve were up for the challenge. Rather than attempting the usual open crossing to the Islands, we hugged the coastal route south to the quaint little village of Ardochly, on Loch Lomond side. After resting there we rafted the canoes and let the wind take us across to Inch Tavannach – the island of the monks. After exploring the island and climbing to the top of ‘Thom-na-Clagg’ – hill of the bell – we paddled hard across wind, back to the mainland close to mouth of the River Luss. My congratulations to Laura and Steve for the determination and skill they showed. The challenge greatly added to the day’s event. Good paddling. Gold star each!
Chillin’ on Inch Tavannach
Places: Luss, Inch Tavannach, Ardochlay
Fauna: Canadian Geese, Gulls, Merganser Ducks, Swans, Oyster Chatcher
Flora: Sphagnum moss, Mountain soft rush, Hawthorn, Atlantic Oak, Birch Bark, Old Man's Bear Lichen, Horse's Hoof Fungus
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