A Scandinavian High Pressure system was dominating the weather so we planned on a wild camp on one of the many Islands of Loch Lomond….
Arriving in Luss we set about getting the kayaks ready, loading them up with enough provisions for the next 20hrs! Soon we were making our way away from the busy beach at Luss and had our sights on a beach we had visited the previous year at Inchloniag. With The Aurora having made a few appearances recently we decided to have a north facing bay, just in case!!!
The weather was perfect, calm waters, warm sunshine and we were enjoying our paddle to the north most Inch on The Loch. After some scouting about we found a nice pitch and started setting camp, very aware that we had about an hours light to play with before darkness fell. Soon enough our accommodation was sorted and our thoughts drifted towards some supper. Chick curry was the order of the day and a couple of fine beers (at a nice chilled temperature-see photo!) were utilised to help wash the dish down.
After being fed and watered we found a pre existing fire pit with some driftwood. A small fire was set going and a night spent reminiscing was thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately the clear skies didn’t appear and we called it a night around 11pm and cleared the beach ready for the morning…..
I was a bit disappointed that the cloud had persisted but this only lasted a few hours as natured called at 3am and emerging from the tent , I was greeted by the milky way stretching over the loch from the summit of Beinn Dubh. Although tired, I couldnt resist the opportunity for some photos! I eventually crawled back to bed around 0430hrs……..
0700am and the alarm woke me just in time for sunrise- the temperature had fallen dramatically from 0430am and leaving the warmth of the tent was a struggle!! However a rather tasty breakfast was being fashioned and the smell of bacon and eggs was a good motivator for getting up!!
After a relaxing breakfast it was time to strike camp and we spent a bit of time leaving everything as we had found it. The loch was mirror flat and to say the next few hours were a joy would be an understatement. Probably the best conditions I have experienced in the boat so far- flat calm, warm sunshine and crystal clear views under blue skies- superb…..a great adventure..
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