The first day of the new season proved to be ideal, with little wind and even a glimpse of warming sun. It was Kimbrley’s ‘Hen’ weekend organised by her pals and trip on the Loch was just one of the many happy events planned.
After following the marked trail to the top of the island we were rewarded with wonderful views of the Loch. We then descended towards the east of the island and visited the ancient churchyard where several local clan chiefs are buried.
Making our way back to Port Bawn, we paddled south ending up where we started, well relaxed and appreciative of the peaceful setting.
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.
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 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
I enjoyed a great family day out on the 6th of September with Mum, Dad and their two young adventurers.
We met at Wild by Nature’s usual starting point at the Lodge on the Loch hotel, Luss. Once the initial briefing had take place we collected our equipment and we were off to track wallabies on Inch Connachan!
With a northerly breeze we made good progress and were soon on the island. Fortified with fresh blaeberries we entered ‘silent mode’ and stealthily followed the wild trails to the island summit. Although no wallabies were seen, we did see fresh spoor which suggested they hadn’t long been there themselves.
As we returned to the canoes we did, however, discover the the mysterious ‘Blood Hand Rock’ – see the picture below!!
After this fearful discovery we quickly headed off to complete the circumnavigation of Inch Connachan. Our intrepid explorers had to work hard this time against the wind in order to get back to the Luss shore, but they showed excellent grit and determination and reached the home port with smiles still on their faces.
Good fun and a great adventure. Thanks to you all.
Places: Luss, Inch Connachan
Fauna: Heron, Cormorant, Canadian Geese, Gulls, Wood Ants, Malard Ducklings
Flora: Sphagnum moss, Wood sorrel, Western Atlantic Oak, Blaeberries, Scots Pine