Although the weather was drizzly, Loch Long held a certain romanticism with the mists clinging to the hills, steeply dropping away into the depths of the dark water. The continuing rain didn’t, however, dampen the spirits of the Todd family (and trusty sea dog) who paddle a good distance from Finnart to Carriage nan Ron at the mouth of Loch Goil.
On the way we saw gannets and heron, sudied barnacles and other shore crustaceans and paddled into a shoal of sprats breaking the surface in order to try and escape a larger predator, which we suspected were mackerel.
They also enjoyed a visit to Mark Bothy, a famous land mark on Loch Long, which was a ferry terminal in days gone by where cattle used to be swum across the loch on the drive to market.
Well done everyone. It was a great paddle even if the weather wasn’t at it best.
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
Today we had day 6 of one of our extended programmes. This time we went to Loch Chon. The day was quite Misty and very calm which gave some great atmospherics. Just one advantage of paddling at this time of year.
Places: Loch Chon
Fauna: Deer, Crow, Heron, Buzzard, Little Grebe
Flora: Myrtle, Wood sorrel, Nettles, Mountain soft rush, Scotts Pine tree, Alder, Oak, Silver Birch
We had a fantastic time on Sunday with some great boys on one of our classic Bush n Bash experiences. We had a brilliant afternoon running round, playing in the mud and enjoying the countryside.
Today we were on one of our Classic Lads n dads experiences. These are a fantastic way to learn some Bushcraft skills and pass them on to kids while enjoying the countryside.
Places: Mugdock Country Park
Fauna: Crow, Buzzard, Woodpecker, Robin, Raven
Flora: Wood sorrel, Nettles, Mountain soft rush, Scotts Pine tree, Sycamore, Oak, Silver Birch, Crack willow