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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Dunbartonshire » Loch Lomond June 15th 2018

Friday 15 June 2018 - 12 miles (13.41 actual); Awoke at 7am to ominously dark room - was expecting torrential rain when I opened curtains but no just blackout curtains! Dark skies but no rain as was forecast! After a nice continental breakfast & a couple of muffins smuggled out for later, we happily abandoned our monstrous suitcase to the care of Ginger Routes & made our way to official start point of the walk. The first few miles were dry then we had a couple of showers - nothing too heavy, mainly drizzle but enough to keep my hood up to avoid the dreaded hair frizz. Stopped after 7 miles at lovely cafe/restaurant, Beech Tree, for much needed pee & scone! This place must be mobbed in summertime - fantastic place & so accommodating for ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Dunbartonshire » Loch Lomond July 12th 2015

Wed 1 July. A long drive took us down through the spectacular Glencoe Pass and the scenery gradually starts to change as we reached the top of Lock Lomond. There was a noticeable increase in traffic especially coaches as we wound our way through the continuous stretch of bends and tight corners. As we approached the southern tip of the Loch we passed the famous Cameron Lodge where Marina and I spent two nights on the occasion of her 50thbirthday. We continued around through the small town of Ballock and a further 11 miles along the eastern shore of the Lock to our next pre booked site which was a small place called Balmaha. The site here is a farm with two fields once for Caravan Club members and one for Camping and Caravanning Club. The ... read more
Annan Festival
Loch Lomond from site at Balmaha
Cameron Lodge Lock Lomond

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Dunbartonshire » Loch Lomond August 14th 2014

I'm not sure if we took the high road or the low road, but we enjoyed a lovely day out on the banks of Loch Lomond. It wasn't too far to drive from Glasgow, but many, many people had the same idea so the traffic was pretty bad in places. Our first stop was the lovely village of Luss. There is a visitor centre where you can get all sorts of maps, leaflets and information. It is also a lovely place to stop for a picnic which is exactly what we did - and then we got soaked by a passing shower! The village itself is very pretty and the church is worth seeking out if only to amble around its ancient graveyard. Following a path at the back of the church we found ourselves on ... read more
Loch Lomond
Scottish Seagull

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Dunbartonshire » Loch Lomond January 28th 2014

Few things in this world ever made me feel smaller than I felt whilst standing above the vast body of water that is called Loch Lomond. I stood across from Ben Lomond and its mighty craggs were covered by clouds but it stood before me masking the dark islands that floated below. I expected vikings and warriors to spread out all around me or for dragons and fairies to tug at my sleeves pulling me into the dark watery abyss that surely had been laid out before me. It was such a beautiful and awe inspiring location, a place that for so many people must have always stood as a comfort of home. To me it was one of the last sights that I ever saw in the UK, at least for this chapter in my ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Dunbartonshire » Loch Lomond June 23rd 2013

Neue Woche, neues Glück. Nachdem letzte Woche so voller Katastrophen war, war diese Woche richtig ruhig, ja fast schon langweilig. Letzten Endes haben wir natürlich für alles eine Lösung gefunden und es hat sich alles geklärt. Und jetzt weiß ich, dass ich auch in Extremsituationen einen kühlen Kopf bewahren kann. Da nächste Woche Susans letzte Tage auf Arbeit sind, habe ich mal mit meiner Abteilungsleiterin geredet - ich war doch etwas besorgt wie es weitergehen sollte, immerhin war ich sowas wie Susans Arbeitspartnerin und ich kann ja schlecht alles alleine machen. Wie es aussieht gibt es auch immer noch keinen Nachfolger, stattdessen wird ein Großteil der Arbeit an das Büro in Dublin abgegeben. Dann wird es für mich wohl eher langweilig... Am Freitag hatten wir mittags einen Feueralarm. Normalerweise ist immer mittwochs Probealarm (bei dem ich ... read more
Stirling Castle
Loch Lomond
Glengoyne Distillery

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Dunbartonshire » Loch Lomond September 17th 2012

So let’s set the record straight….the first 39 miles of the West Highland Way (WHW) is no walk in the park…it is BLOODY HARD! The 3 days walking on the WHW have definitely been the most physically hard & exhausting for me considering all the walking I have done in 2012. A fair description would be HAVEN & HELL on earth. The scenery is amazing, however the weather can be cruel (rain, wind & sun) and the terrain gives your whole body a complete work out. My experience has brought about a new found respect and admiration for those prepared to complete this walk in between 5 to 8 days & in particular those staying in campsites…now that is truly hardcore! My mind fails to comprehend how my uncle and so many of his friends are ... read more
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Day 1
Photo 6

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Dunbartonshire » Loch Lomond July 14th 2012

Got up early and met with Lori & Nigel and headed off to the town of Balloch for their famous Highland Games. OOOOOOOPPPPPssss someone forgot to update their website and tell the rest of the world that they had cancelled their Games! Rescheduled for Sept if you are interested. At visitor info we learned that there was another Highland Games 1 hour up the road in Alva. Away we go! Found a central seat and enjoyed simultaneaously... the heavies (caber tossing, Hammer throw etc), Highland dancing, races both foot & cycling, pipe bands and the high point was the hill climbing race. Now pictures this - a cross country race, thru the mud around the track across the golf course and up the hill. Hill!!! are you kidding me thats not a hill its a mountain. ... read more
weight throw for height
caber toss

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Dunbartonshire » Loch Lomond October 5th 2011

Oh it was a creepy day to go to this monsters home! It was rainy and the fog was so thick you could only see about 3 feet in front of you when you were on the lake. This didn't prevent us from taking a ton of pictures near the lake hoping to catch a glimpse of Nessie. Unfortunately she didn't make an appearance and doesn't that often. We walked around the little town a bit and there were tons of quaint cottages that were so lovely. Although I don't know if I would want to live next to a lake with a monster in it. Because it was such bad weather and drizzling when we traveled to the lake we headed back early and had a chance to squeeze in tea time at one of ... read more

cool guy fact: the song "Loch Lomond" was written by a follower of Bonnie Prince Charles (who was the old Scottish equivalent of an epic fail militarily lol) while he was imprisoned (after being captured when their side got it handed to them). If you follow the lyrics, it's very clear that this song is the man's lament that he will never see his lover again. "The high road" is the actual physical surface of the world, and "the low road" is the Underworld, through which the man's soul would travel faster than any man could over land, so he reaches Scotland "afore" the audience. "Me and my true love will never meet again"...couldn't be much clearer. He does hint that he hopes she'll find love again, but he's more or less made peace with his ... read more
a Highland Cow
someone's back yard, really!
little guy on the side of the trail

Just like the last entry this one may be a little short as well. As I mentioned in the last one today we are heading north, slightly into the highlands to go camping on the shores of Loch Lommond. So of course I'll start off with the lyrics from Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond: Oh! ye'll take the high road and I'll take the low road, And I'll be in Scotland afore ye; But me and my true love Will never meet again On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. After messing around for most of the afternoon and visiting Strathaven (where Niall and most of his pals are from, about 20 minutes south of Glasgow) to check out the town and grab camping supplies we got up to the Loch around 8pm or so ... read more
at dawn on loch lomond

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