Blogs from Loch Lomond, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe - page 3


May day long weekend we decided to venture back to Scotland to spend a bit more time next to one of the many Lochs. We left on the Friday night straight after work and hit the M6 most of the way to Glasgow before sleeping at a services stop. Awoke early with the sun and after a quick brekkie, we headed into Glasgow for a better look around than our very brief visit at xmas time. Wandered around Finnieston Quays taking in the sites of ‘The Armadillo’ (Glasgow’s answer to the Opera house) and the Science Centre. We then ventured into the city centre which by this stage was opening up and had coffee and cake before hitting the road again. We stopped in at a place called the Whangie, a deep chasm through the ... read more
What a spot!
Not a bad sunset
Walking the Loch

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Dunbartonshire » Loch Lomond April 29th 2007

Sunday was a good day. We had to get up for breakfast at 8, but then we could go back to sleep until church at 1:30. But after I got up and ate, I didn’t really feel like sleeping anymore. So I ended up sitting in the common room doing some writing and also some sketching of the views. It was nice to sit there and just look at the landscape because it’s completely gorgeous up here. Everyone else started getting up around 11 to get ready for church. There isn’t a local branch, so our group is just holding our own sacrament meeting in a grove of trees behind the hostel. It was really amazing having sacrament meeting outdoors. Being outside jerked me out of the familiar routine we sometimes get into and made ... read more
Loch Lomond
The dock
Fire on the mountainside

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Dunbartonshire » Loch Lomond April 28th 2007

I woke up this morning a little late—the hostel was providing breakfast at 8 am, and I woke up at 8:15. I wandered out into the group kitchen. The breakfast looked lovely—cereals, biscuits, croissants, and yogurts—but after two days of flying and an eight mile hike, I needed a shower. So I grabbed a biscuit on my way back to the showers. Bad idea: we hiked Ben Lomond today and it was a lot harder than I expected. But first we had a quick session of our literature class to talk about Robert Burns, the poet who wrote the words to “Loch Lomond,” which is a really great song that has been running constantly through my head while we were here. I like Burns’ poetry a lot because it has a good rhythm for being ... read more
Lone tree on the hill
Rocky trail

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Dunbartonshire » Loch Lomond April 27th 2007

Path to the Youth Hostel in Rowardennan on the Banks of Loch LomondLiz Muir I arrived in London Heathrow Airport at 5:30 am on the 27th with three hours until my connection to Glasgow. I spent the first two hours running through the rat race that is Heathrow airport. The ceilings were really low so the halls feel all squat and square, and you end up in these hugely long lines that snake through the airport with no sense whatsoever. After making it through that, I made my first food purchase in the UK: an Aero bar, of course, only the best candy bar in Britain! My flight to Glasgow was slightly delayed because they had some trouble getting off the luggage that needed to go on other planes. I finally arrived in Glasgow about an ... read more
Grass maze outside the Balmaha trailhead office
Me at the trailhead
View on the hike to Rowardennan

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