On the Bonnie, Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond so the song goes. The shores and waters of the Loch provide wonderful photographic opportunities and I had the opportunity to visit further afield as well. I cannot do justice to all the sights that are available and previous visits to the area means that the pictures and stories are more a personal taste of what you can expect around the park.
Last light on Loch Lomond
The pier at the Duck Bay Restaurant has commanding views of Loch Lomond making it an ideal place for a long exposure picture. The light was fading and Ben Lomond on the right was still visible. Editing was simple with a little extra on the saturation to bring out the colour in the reflections.
When I saw pictures of this castle on the Internet then I knew that I had to go and see it. Carrick castle is on the western shores of Loch Gail and it is a single track road to get there. I cajoled my daughter in taking me to the castle early the the morning. The sun had risen, and the sky was cloudy. I still enjoyed taking photographs of Carrick castle and this getting down low picture was my favourite one.
This was may favourite picture from the walk-up Ben Lomond and this was just as we were turning around going down the southern face. The light escaping between the rocky crags provides an idea of the nature of the mountain. When the going is good then the mountain looks inviting. I have climbed a previous time when the going was not so good and such pictures were not possible.
Our holiday house was not far from Arrochar which is at the head of Loch Long. We went for Sunday lunch at the Village Inn which was next to the shores. I took several pictures on the sea loch shore and whilst the sun was high in the sky there was still the opportunity to find some nice reflections on the water.
The town nestled on the Clyde has such a history with the inventor of TV John Logie Baird and the interior of Hill House designed by Renee Macintosh. However, its time as a seaside resort is long gone but the centre retains a certain charm and there is a thriving community there. The large cruise ships come into Greenock which is on the other side of the Loch.
Much of the background was found by reading through the Loch Lomond and the Trossacks National Park site on Visit Scotland.