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.
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.
Loch Lomond (5th Sept.) – It was one of the sunniest days I’d experienced this year event though it was the beginning of autumn. I had the pleasure of guiding a group of medical scientist on a safari to the islands and they proved to be wonderful company.
We met at the Lodge on the Loch Hotel at Luss for the introductions and initial briefing and, once kitted up, we set forth on our adventure.
We paddled first to Froach Island and from there made an open crossing to Inch Connachan. We visited the ruins Lady Allen’s lodge house and the saw mill she built where the timber was cut for the lodge. This was followed by a trek in search of the illusive Loch Lomond Wallabies. Though none were sighted this time we did identify some fresh spoor, suggesting that they were not far away.
After we returned to the canoes, we set off on a very pleasant circumnavigation of Inch Tavannach, visiting an ancient crannog site, the statuette known as ‘Little Peter’ and Ardochlay on the way.
All in all a great day out.
Another great day out was enjoyed by our clients on Monday past. Although the weather began wet it slowly improved through the day.
We firstly paddled down the coast of Loch Lomond from Luss to gauge the strength of the wind for crossing to the islands. It proved to be suitable and we explored both Inch Tavannach and Inch Connachan. From the top of Inch Tavannach we viewed Galbraith Island and the ancient crannog site at Ardochly. On Inch Connachan we went on a wallaby trek, but other than identifying some likely spoor, none were sited
The day ended with a circumnavigation of Inch Tavannach providing a pleasant run with the wind home to Luss.
Last wekend I enjoyed two days paddling on Loch Lomond with a group of friends who had gathered from all over the UK (and beyond). The first day started off with strong winds and so we rafted up into teams to ensure everyone could easily keep together. Following the coast to maintain shelter we paddle off south of Luss. With the wind easing steadily we were soon able to take a direct line for the islands. We explore Inch Cailloch including a climb of Tom-na-Clagg to enjoy the view to the south.
The next day included a visit to the Osprey viewing site. Careful to keep our distance we saw the female bird perched high on a distant tree. Our journey included an unsuccessful trekking expedition to see if we could sight any of the rumoured wallabies before making our way against, again increasing winds, back to Luss.
A tough trip in parts, everyone enjoyed the experience. My congratulations to all for covering a really good distance over the two days.