Glassy Calm Canoeing 21/8/17

A beautiful paddle today with a family of 5 on holiday from Germany. The water was so calm that we were able to travel a good distance. We visited the islands of Inchtavannach where we saw deer and Highland cows, Inchmoan, where we found deer tracks along the water’s edge and explored a ruined building, and Inchconnachan, where some of us went looking for more wildlife while others made tea and skimmed stones.

Loch Lomond Safari

Despite heavy rain fall in the afternoon, five clients and I had a great day.

Chris and his father, Tom, (celebrating his seventieth birthday) were joined by Rebecca, Elizabeth and Sarah three friends from Germany for an adventure on Loch Lomond.

We started from the Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel and paddled down to Luss and Fraoch Island. This island is populated with gulls and kittiwakes at this time, whilst they sit on their eggs. No chicks were spotted but next week should see the beginning of the hatch.

From there we paddled to Inchconachan and went on a trek around the island in search of the elusive wallabies. We didn’t see any but we did come across some spoor which seemed quite fresh.

After leaving Inchconachan we visited Inchtavannach before heading back for Luss. It was then that the heavens opened and it rained heavily for the whole of our return journey. Surprisingly, it was great fun. The rain was coming down without wind, the heavy drops almost singing as they fell en-mass onto the still surface of the water. Magic!

Canoe Safari on Loch Lomond

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

 

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.

Archie.

 

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Canoe Loch Lomond

Today (Monday 10th August) was definitely interesting. Having just endured the wettest July on record the forecast for today had been grim. However, we were pleasantly surprised when the morning rain was pretty light and the winds calm! The group set off for Inch Tavannach and made the island with ease. We then set off of Inch Tavannach and had only just landed when we were hit by the heaviest shower I can remember. Fortunately it didn’t last too long and, although it brought strengthening wind with it, the sun soon began to shine.

We had a great time as we came to the mouth of the river Luss as the torrential rain had increased the water flow into the loch giving us some fun ferry gliding in the moving water.

Well done to all that were there. It turned out a very enjoyable day.