Argyll & Loch Lomond National Park
…There was a good turnout of Caledonian members who met at met at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch with 17 cars for the start of the Run. The weather was set fair, with broken cloud, some blue sky and some sunshine. Juliet and I were looking forward to touring one of our favourite areas of Scotland.
…From the west side of Loch Lomond we climbed up the A 817 towards Gairlochhead. There were magnificent views in both directions, ahead the Gair Loch and Loch Long and behind Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. Some cars quite rightly stopped for photographs; wonderful mountain and loch scenery!
…Next along Loch Long to Arrochar, the woodland on our right full of swathes of bluebells. In addition we were pleased that some improvement in the road surface had been carried out.
…Over the Rest and be Thankful, turning left and taking the single track road down into Gleann Mor and the forest, then up into Hell’s Glen. It was bluebells under the trees all the way, an amazing sight.
…Our route took us thro’ Inveraray and on to our lunch stop at Crarae Gardens, tended by the Scottish National Trust. It has a very acceptable café we much preferred to the scramble in Inveraray.
…Over lunch, the weather turned a little damp for a short time, but we continued on to the single track road by Loch Awe. Dare I say it again – more bluebells but this time lots of Hawthorn blossom. We continued towards Dalmally and Tyndrum, and decided to make our way home to Dunblane through Callander.
…For us, it was a great day out, and an excellent route put together by Jim and Lorna ( not forgetting Tommy the route checker ), so many thanks to you all.