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.
We have some excellent days out in our Sea Kayaks. These vary from exploring the Fiord like sea lochs of the West coast looking for wildlife, to paddling on the River Clyde estuary and visiting an old shipwreck. Summer is a great time to get on the water.
Places: Loch Lomond, Loch Long, Finnart, Loch Goil, Loch Lomond national park
Fauna: dolphin, Seal, Oystercatcher, Herring Gull, Heron, Black Guillemot, Gannet, Porpoise, Edible crab, jelly fish
Flora: Mountain soft rush, Kelp
Yesterday we had a great time out on Loch Long. We were finding out if it was possible to add snorkelling to our already fantastic Sea Loch Safaris. We quickly found a nice sheltered bay were we could try this out. After going over the use and fitting of equipment we decided that this would be a brilliant addition as well as being fun and very interesting. There is so much life going on under the canoes that is very seldom seen.
Places: Loch Long, Finnart, Helensburgh
Fauna: dolphin, Seal, Black Guillemot, Gannet, Porpoise, Edible crab, Star fish, jelly fish
Team: Cliff, Tam