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Kayak On Loch Lomond To The Island Of Inchconnachan

A stay at Loch Lomond of course would lead us to adventure and yes for sure that meant a trip on the water. A kayak on Loch Lomond was the plan and a trip out to the island of Inchconnachan that holds tranquility, unique wildlife and a single old abandoned house that we wanted to investigate.

By the lovely village of Luss was our start point. The rain had stopped, the sun was peaking out over the Scottish mountains. Today was going to be a fun day.

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By the loch’s beach at Luss you will find Loch Lomond Leisure. From here there are so many water activities you can take part in. Kayaking was ours for the day but the list they provide is long. From boat hire to water skiing. Stand up paddleboarding, banana boat, water trampoline and much more. Why not also take a tour on a speed boat?

Together with the twin kayak we hired for little charge, wetsuits. It was October after all. After a quick brief we were soon onto the water and the loch was our oyster. Where shall we head? Let’s go for a mini adventure on Inchconnachan.

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The wetsuits were not necessarily needed to be honest as the water was calm and these kayaks were extremely buoyant. They did help though to keep warmer in the October air of Scotland. Why, even some locals were swimming in the loch in just basic swimwear!

We set a course for where the island was and paddled away, once we got some joint coordination going it got easier and easier.

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Inchconnachan

The island of Inchconnachan is situated amongst the larger islands in the middle of Loch Lomond. We paddled the channel between it and another island called Inchtavannach for a little before finding the signs of where we should take to shore and get out.

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Wallabies

Now then, here we were on an island, on Loch Lomond, on a cool October day. However this island is home to a unique wild animal for this part of the world. Wallabies!

Yes, the 1940s Wallabies were introduced to the island by its owner Lady Arran Colquhoun. Of coursed they thrived and now roam wild on here. If you come at dawn or dusk you may be lucky to see some if they make their appearance, shy creatures they are. We were here late morning so they had probably already had their water fill and hopped back into the forest.

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The Abandoned House

From where we took shore with the kayak we were looking for another intrigue on the island. I mentioned Lady Arran Colquhoun. Well in the 1920s she built a holiday home for herself on Inchconnachan. Today it is very much abandoned and a shell of its former self.

Being probably the only people on the island at the time, amongst the trees, it was totally quiet apart from the odd bird and crackling in the trees, you felt away from it all. The abandoned house gave a feel of mystery and couple that with knowing there are wallabies all around you somewhere in the trees. It certainly felt surreal.

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Now then, Faye believes in ghosts, I don’t. She noted the eerie feel about the place immediately. I knew what she meant. It really felt eerie considering the quietness and location. I found it totally intriguing. I wanted to learn and see more. Is it haunted? That is your call 🙂

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I could see signs of a former life in this old home. It is very much going to ruin and nature is slowly taking it over, season on season. Behind it the remnants of the saw mill.

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Within, the halls and rooms are just about standing, with a recent mural of Loch Lomond and islands adorning one of the walls. A visitor here must have had time to spend.

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we could have spent hours exploring the house and of course the island but we realised we must take back to the water and kayak back toward Luss. I made a mental note to make my way back to this island to see more and hopefully catch a glimpse of some of the very unique wildlife. Goodbye for now Inchconnachan.

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Now that was a day well spent. Little did we know that morning that a little trip out on a kayak would lead us to a world of adventure, history, wildlife, colour and of course plenty of fun. I am itching to come back and do more of this.

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Back to the hotel we went, fully refreshed, topped up with adventure. Time for a well earned drink I feel. Thank you Loch Lomond.

Written by Paul Steele

Founder of BaldHiker.com and avid hiker, climber and trekker. Never liking to sit still and always seeking new adventures around the world. Sharing personal views here and tweeting live via @paul_steele

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