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.
Thursday 4th August 2016
Two families comprising 3 adults, 4 young people and Dylan the dog joined Hidden Adventures today for a canoe trip on Loch Lomond. Dylan was very interested in our preparations and had a shot in one of the boats on dry land, but he decided in the end that it wasn't for him and went for a sleep while we went for a paddle.
We set off from the Luss Hotel in doubles canoes and after paddling down the West shore of Loch Lomond we stopped to brew some tea and hot chocolate. As the wind was picking up, we built 2 rafts from our canoes and worked as 2 teams to paddle our craft across to Inch Tavannach. On the island we found a few edible plants and tried Wood Sorrel and Blaeberries. At different points on the island and on the journey back, there were conversations about the Highland fault line running down from Conic Hill over the islands, Ben Lomond the most southerly Scottish Munro and how the hill got its name, the origins of Luss village and the recent history of Inch Connachan and the Colquhoun family.
We paddled back to Luss in our rafted canoes, in a strong headwind but with the sun warm on our faces and the sound of bagpipes drifting over the water to welcome us back as a wedding took place on the Luss waterfront.
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.
A good family day was enjoyed paddling to Inch Tavannach and back from Luss today.
It involved some bushcraft too; searching for wild berries and plants that were useful to people in the past. We also tried some fire lighting with bows and pintles and then strikers. The latter was successful but it was clear that firelighting, in the past, was a very specialist skill.
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.