Once we’d ploughed our way off the previous night’s pitch we set off towards our next destination which was to be on the shores of Loch Lomond. Such is my Scottish geographical ignorance (or possibly just general ignorance, Scottish or otherwise) that I had never realised how close to Glasgow Loch Lomond actually is. Literally a day trip can be had for little more than 40 minutes in the car (or van) each way.
Our location for the next few days was to be the surprisingly named “Cashel, Camping in the Forest” campsite literally on the shores of the great Loch itself. I say surprisingly named in that there wasn’t much forest around but an awful lot of water very near by. I suppose that “Camping in the Loch” might have given the wrong impression.
The site itself was OK. Not stunning but OK. What didn’t help was that the washblock nearest to us was closed for refurbishment (demolition would have been kinder) necessitating a reasonable trek across the site to the one working amenities building. Certain ablutions had to be planned well in advance!
Running right alongside the campsite was the West Highland Way – Scotlands best loved long distance walking route from Milngavie in the south to Fort William in the north: 96 miles in total. Although we didn’t quite have the time (fitness, stamina or inclination) to do the whole route, we did at least walk some of it during our time at Cashel. The first day was a trip north on a route that, given that it was largely alongside the Loch, had some remarkably steep climbs along the way. Once back at the van we consulted the Map of Disappointing Truths and were surprised to find that we’d actually covered a distance of 9.6 miles and climbed (in total) over 2,000 feet! The next day was a trip south with a more leisurely 5.5 miles covered and all on one level.
Unfortunately, the weather was very dull for our time at Cashel which meant that we didn’t manage to experience the Loch and its surroundings in their full glory, but made for some moody pictures which I feel work best in black & white..