Today we made use of the lovely but rather cold and inclement weather and provided a tailor made event , where guests explored the countryside around Luss on foot. During this day we were blessed with expansive views of Loch Lomond, Where our guide story told about the formation of the Loch, its history and colonization after the last ice age circa 10’000 years ago until today. Throughout the day we looked at Bush craft,plants uses an tried to paint a picture of the lifestyle and dwellings of the Picts. Before exploring the forested old slate quarries and lovely Glen with its beautiful river.The day was a great blend of exploration with a informative interpretation about landscape, heritage and nature. A great social day was had by all which included a visit to a The Loch Lomond arms ” Inn and finishing with fish n chips in the local town en route home .
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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.
I had the pleasure of being taken by Urban Adventures volunteers to see the ruins of Broomhill Hospital in Kirkintilloch. This was a reciprocal event for me showing them around Mugdock Country Park and its various facilities for adventure activities.
The pictures show the team of volunteers – to whom I am most grateful for showing me round; especially Cathy who had worked at the hospital and was able to give us first hand information on what it was like when it was open. The team
are featured at the gatehouse. The second picture is of the front entrance to the hospital and with west wing extension.
Originally a private estate house it was converted into a hospital for the incurably sick in 1876. (I recommend you google Broomhill Hospital, History for more precise information).
Thanks for an interesting day, team.
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.