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.
Showers and sunny intervals were the order of the last Monday when the ‘Gould consortium’ took to the Loch on their safari.
The breeze was a little challenging, but the group were strong enough to get out to Inchtavannach to explore the island. Ascending the hill ‘Tom-na-Clag’ was a little awkward with the summer undergrowth, but the group were fortified with wild fruits and fresh water found on the way.
Well done all. You handled the boats well in tricky conditions and made a great adventure of the day.
Drinking water from natural sources.
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.
Yesterday we enjoyed the company of 22 students from USA on a series of short trips on Loch Lomond. Starting from Luss (Village of the herbs), each group paddled south towards Fraoch Island.
En route they were ‘treated’ to a rendition of the Loch Lomond song, ‘By Yon Bonnie Banks’ with an explanation of its origins; provided with historical information on several of the islands; and had an opportunity to see some of this season’s young aquatic birds which visit the Loch’s shores.
With a wee bit of Scottish history and heritage thrown in it allowed the groups to get a real feel for the Scottish highland countryside and culture.
Awaiting the passage of the ferry boat.
The first safari of 2016 took place on the 9th of April and it didn’t fail to live up to expectations; wonderful scenery, wildlife and heritage. Simon and Mairead chose to enjoy a short spring break incorporating a heritage and nature canoe safari on Loch lomond.
One of the advantages of visiting Inchconnachan early in the season is seeing the magnificent blossom on the magnolia tree.
Identifying some wallaby spoor we knew there was still a chance of seeing one. Creeping steadily through the undergrowth we saw something moving, which turned out to be a roe deer. A little further on we were rewarded with a clear view of one of the islands red necked wallabies.
After our trek we circumnavigated Inchtavannach, visiting ‘Little Peter’ en route.
My thanks to Simon and Mired for a wonderful start to the season.