Sunday, 6 July 2014

Chasing Waterfalls // Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

We set off in the direction of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs national park. It wasn't part of our original plan but we'd done everything we wanted in Stirling and after a bit of research Gordon decided it wasn't that far. I'd never been to Loch Lomond before, despite it being one of Scotland's most popular tourist destinations, so I was happy to go along with his suggestion.


Loch Lomond is beautiful. Even the drive there was beautiful! I love cruising around the winding country roads to the sultry tones of Stevie Nicks voice, windows down, sun shining, spectacular scenery in every direction...


I especially loved meeting Hamish the Highland cow, who was far too busy snuggling with his buddy to even give us the time of day! 


Our first stop was the Falls of Falloch. I wasn't all that bothered about seeing this local "beauty spot" but Gordon insisted and I was glad in the end. All you hear is the sound of the water crashing into the pool below, broken only by the sporadic shrieks of folk jumping in for a swim! I only wished I had been more prepared and was able to join them...



We dragged ourselves away from the waterfall and carried on our journey. I was surprised how quickly we reached Loch Lomond itself. Parking up in a random lay-by, we scrambled down the grassy slope towards the lake and found ourselves on a small and intimate beach, met by this view...


We sat on the sand, took lots of photos, skimmed rocks, watched people speed by on jet skis... eventually we decided we'd better move on. Heading back the way we came, we decided to go a little off track and followed signs for the Falls of Dochart. I guess we have a new found love for waterfalls!


These were completely different to the Falloch falls but just as impressive. The water cascades over the rocks and under the Bridge of Dochart, which is the perfect spot to take it all in. We were able to be a bit more adventurous here and climbed down the rocks with the water flowing around us. 


In the end our mini roadtrip was probably one of my favourite experiences from our whole time away. It was only about a 3 hour round trip from Stirling & back but it felt longer, in a good way. I take the natural beauty of my home country for granted so often but this drive made me fall in love with Scotland all over again, and I want to see more! If you're ever fortunate enough to visit Loch Lomond & the Trossachs I'd recommend packing your camera, some swimming gear and a picnic!

Christy xx

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