Here we are in September, 2019, cruising the lovely blue waters of Loch Lommond. We began our adventure in Balloch, at the south end of the Loch. The begonias bloomed near the dock as if their exuberance would postpone the upcoming October chill.
Loch Lommond is long and narrow, about 22 miles in length, and varying in width from less than a half mile wide to four miles plus. The loch sits on the Highland Boundary fault, the geological dividing line between the central lowlands and the highlands. Most of the surrounding area is the Trossachs National Park.
We boarded our vessel at Sweeney's Cruises and set off for a delightful day on the water. At right below, someone forgot to tie up his sailboat adequately, certainly a marine no-no.
We encountered few others boating, though the day was perfect. Perhaps, being dutiful Scots, everyone was at work.
About a third of the way up the length of the loch, we stopped at the village of Luss, and went ashore for luncheon and to investigate the church.
We ate outside at a quaint inn and wandered the village. Please click on the thumbnails for larger versions.
On the return trip, we saw some fine country homes and more spectacular scenery.
What is more relaxing than a lovely day on the loch? Below, a painting I almost bought in the gift shop. I wish I'd shipped it home.
Next week: Scone Palace
Victoria Hinshaw, Author