Sunday, 6 November 2011

Around the lochs

Works up to a bit of sun breaking across Loch Lomond then after breakfast drove along to Loch Long where we had some nice views over the loch then drove up some perfect scenic valleys and on this route had my first Hooded Crow of the trip.

Loch Lomond early in the morning

Loch Long
Next headed up to top of the valley and the point called Rest and be Thankfull i suspect due to the steep road to get to it but well worth it for the view points.

Loch Restil

View from Rest and be thankful
Then drove down to Loch Goil with some nice views as the sun was playing ball today and down to the end where Carrack Castle was though a bit of shame as it was still being repaired. Quite a few bits of Birdlife with lots of Hooded Crows, Lapwings, Curlew and Oystercatchers around the edge

Loch Goil
Carrack Castle sadly under repair

Next stop was a visit to Benmore Gardens along the edge of  Loch Eck at this time of year it was very green I suspect due to the amount of rain around!! The garden starts off with a lovely Redwood Avenue then at this time of years lots of different ferns and mosses around quite a few in the Victorian Fern House and a bit of autumn colours was already around.

Redwood Avenue

One of many Ferns

Victorian Fern House

Fountain in the garden
The last stop of the day was along the road by the Kyles of Bute which were giving some wonderfully views in the early evening sun.

Views over the Kyle of Bute

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