Exploring the Eastern Shore of Loch Lomond from Appletree Cottage
On a beautiful clear sunny day we drove for a a few minutes up the east side of Loch Lomond from Drymen to the pretty Sallochy Bay for exercise in the fresh air.
A jetty north of Sallochy Bay looking south.
Sallochy Bay is just a couple of miles past Milarrochy Bay which we visited in the mist and fog. (see blog)
From the car park we walked north across the foot bridge over crystal clear waters of the Allt a'Mhuitinn burn past a couple of picnic tables which in this area are built with a steel plate to hold a disposable barbecue. We followed the tree lined footpath hugging the shoreline which forms part of the West Highland Way.
At this time of year, one is able to see the buildings of Glasgow University's Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment station discreetly hidden up on the hillside. Down on the shore at this point an attractive jetty runs out into the water beside a small pumping station. At any other time of year, they would be hidden from the view by foliage.
Beautiful eastern Shore of Loch Lomond
After a bit of a walk at Milarrochy we headed home stopping off briefly at Balmaha. The boatyard is currently closed to all visitors but we walked round to the pier past the statue of Tom Wier the famous climber and walker who for many years hosted his travelogue of Scotland on Scottish Television. Brother of Molly Weir ("Cleans baths without scratching" and star of Rent-a-ghost TV series), he covered hundreds of miles in his pursuit of exploring the remoter parts of Scotland.
Strathendrick Golf Club, Drymen, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in the Snow
Strathendrick Golf Club
The Whangie rock formation accessed from Queen's View on the A809
The path follows the north flank of the hill and can be icy in winter.
The walk up to the Whangie takes about 30-40 minutes.
To the east there are views down the fourth valley with Killearn and Balfron villages nestling in the dip..
Arriving at the Whangie
More about climbing at the Whangie and its various routes can be found here: https://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crags/the_whangie-193
As the terrain began to tail off downhill we were treated to an excellent view of Glengoyne Distillery at the foot of Drumgoyne hill.
Grouse and some fog at Appletree luxury self catering cottage Loch Lomond
Trees in the fog
New Year in the Trossachs
Stunningly beautiful Weather here in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
We're looking forward to when visitors are allowed to return to this wonderful area...
Haste ye back!