A lovely day on the loch with the Visible Fiction staff team. We set out from Luss in tandem boats, rafted up in windy conditions but were unable to reach the islands. Undeterred, we found a beach of our own for some swimming and the most sophisticated picnic I’ve ever had (asparagus tips and strawberries!). We also chatted about the connection between Clan Colquhoun and the Loch Lomond Islands. Calmer conditions and some excellent team work got us back to Luss in time to glimpse a Highland wedding taking place on the shore.
There are places left on this wonderful Spring canoes safari which will be having our most experienced guide Archie running the day. Archie is retired (supposedly) he spent forty years in the outdoor education industry both as an instructor and a manager and he just can’t let go!He tells guests in an introductory e mail “I still love taking people out on outdoor experiences and so I am looking very much towards the day.
You’ll explore out of the way beaches, wildlife watch and learn all about Scots and local heritage through Archie’s fascinating facts and story telling. It looks to be great fun and social too .. interesting in joining this trip there are spaces still left .. get in touch .
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.
We are proud to be associated with the Hogmanay shenanigans at the Lodge on Loch Lomond and after you have enjoyed the celebrations why not join our team for an engaging brisk heritage walk.. if your looking for a great venue for your Hogmanay the lodge with its great hospitality and expansive loch views could be it ..Interested follow the link below our description.
Title: Loch Lomond its people, legends and land Date: 01:01:2017
Duration: 45mins Walks depart from the lodge lobby at 12.00, 13.00 and 14.00.
Join our associates Hidden Adventures for a brisk and engaging New Year’s Day walk, exploring the ancient black village of Clachan Dubh and its scenic historic loch side surroundings. Guests will enjoy expansive views of the loch; hear tales and first-hand accounts of its places, wildlife and landscape. Our local expert guide, Archie, will illuminate your experience through storytelling, props and fascinating facts. Whilst enjoying a social stroll through the lanes, wooded paths of Clachan Dubh (Luss) with its rich Viking Celtic and Christian heritage. Stare into the face of St Kessog, hear about how a visit to Jail island would cure hangovers and much more.
Happy New Year!
Note: Participants should have adequate health to undertake moderate exercise be dressed for out of doors carrying prescribed medication and inhalers. Please mention medical concerns on day. T&C apply see www.hiddenadventures.co.uk
An intrepid canoe journey and bushcraft day for 4 people and one sausage dog. We began with some tandem paddling skills practice and journeyed south on Loch Lomond past the historic village of Luss. As there was a strong south westerly wind racing up the loch today, we rafted our canoes together so that we could more easily make the crossing to the islands. As we made the journey, we talked about Ben Lomond (Scotland’s most southerly munro), Conic Hill and the highland boundary and the various ways to ward off midgies, including the midge-repelling qualities of the plant Bog Myrtle.
We chose a beach on Inchconnachan and were pleased to see a plentiful supply of driftwood washed ashore. After finding a safe and clear space and collecting a range of tinder and kindling, the group showed great perseverance, getting some of the best parks I’ve ever seen from a flint and striker, until the fire was alight. We made ourselves long skewers and cooked sausages over the fire, roasting sweet potatoes in the embers. We talked about the various methods of filtering and purifying water and also found some sphagnum moss and chatted about its anti-bacterial qualities. We came across blaeberries growing behind the beach and also some Bog Myrtle.
Once we had made sure we were leaving the beach as we found it, we returned to Luss in our raft and I think only Pippa the sausage dog was really glad to be back again.