2011 UK and Ireland travel blog

Stranraer Harbour Scotland

Beach on the way to Loch Lomond

Church for sale in small village

Loch Lomond from our hotel room

Another view of Loch Lomond from the hotel

Breakfast at Loch Lomond

Later this same day...we took the low road and here we are on the bonney bonney banks of Loch Lomond. As in the song indeed they are so bonney. Staying at The Lodge On Loch Lomond our room is right on the western shore facing the long beautiful western shore and horizon. It is 730 evening and a quiet peaceful dusk has settled on the long still waters of the marvellous loch. This is a smallish lodge quite like those we have on lakes in B.C. Away from any intrusion of a tour bus, a beautiful dining room overlooking the wondrous loch, and a fine comfortable bar & lounge with big leather chairs and couches and always this serene view. It is wine and scotches tonight in a relaxed uncrowded atmosphere. The ferry ride from Belfast was quick and easy, this Stena ship is the largest "FAST FERRY" in the world. This is the place and function of a "fast ferry", on a regular ferry the trip is 3 hours from Belfast to Stranraer in Scotland. This was a smooth 2 hours 15 minutes. We drove up from Stranraer along the gorgeous west bank of the Firth Of Clyde through the nice towns of Ballantrae, Ayr and Kilmarnock. Bypassing the huge city of Glasgow it was straight up to Loch Lomond arriving about 5PM. And on new North American style highways with actual shoulders and passing lanes.

It is so like being in our low mountains, cool and clear and fresh and a nice change.

My first time in Scotland and the burr of the lovely lasses is enchanting. Tomorrow the Mull Of Kintyre, but for now it is a quiet evening with the sun gone down and the loch is still and dark and the water is gently lapping just below us....goodnight to all from Steve & Joan & Patricia.

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