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Inchconnachan

I have written previously about my forays (by canoe) to islands on Loch Lomond. In September last year for example I wrote here about a magical Sunday morning voyage to Inchlonaig.

This morning, my day off, I set of from home at 6:30 am to one of the more intriguing islands on the loch, Inchconnachan. I was on the island before eight and it was another of those “it’s great to be alive” mornings I tend to have when around the loch.

Capercaillies nest on Inchconnachan

Capercaillies nest on Inchconnachan

My visit today was prompted by headlines in the local press that the wild wallabies which live on the island (introduced by Lady Arran in the 1930s) may be culled as they compete too successfully for resources with the indigenous wildlife on the island.

I was on the island about ten minutes when a rustling in the bushes about fifteen feet away was followed by a creature jumping on to the path and away from me. I only had the phone with me but managed to capture a couple of shots.

Wallaby in the wild

Wallaby in the wild (centre)

The island is uninhabited by humans but was not always so. This is what remains of what was obviously once a fine bungalow. It is surrounded by honeysuckle and the smaller photo here shows the sawmill in the grounds.

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Sawmill

Sawmill

This passage comes from loch lomond islands .com I have corrected a couple of errors that I know about so I can’t be sure about the rest.

“This bungalow was built in the 1920s by a man thought to be a returning eastern tea planter, or retired Admiral, for he was known as Admiral Sulivan. He brought the low wooden verandah architecture of the plantations to this secluded place on Loch Lomond, and lived here with a man-servant until some financial crisis, probably the collapse of the Burmah Oil Company, brought his income and his idyllic lifestyle to an end. Destitute, it is said that he went to live in the dungeon of Island I Vow in the northern part of the Loch. Early in the 1930’s the bungalow was bought by William C Buchanan, a Glasgow stockbroker, who for many years commuted from this secret place regardless of the weather, sometimes using a compass to help him find landfall on the mainland. It was he who brought electricity to Inchconnachan, when after his return from war service in 1946 he brought a landing craft powered by two Chrysler engines up the river Leven to transport a generator to the island. He and his family owned and used the house as their main residence until 1970.

It was until recently the holiday home of Lady Arran, sister of Sir Ivar Colquhoun, formerly the fastest woman on water, having broken her last power boat record at the age of 62.”

Here are some photos I took, again with the phone, both on the island and on my way back to Aldochlay on the mainland. Click any photo to enlarge.



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8 Responses

  1. Very interesting Rab. I heard about the wallabies this morning as well. It’s interesting that they would cull a species, that’s 12,000 miles from it’s natural habitat, rather than consider moving them to somewhere, another island perhaps, that has no protected animals that may suffer from their presence. There must be a plenty of islands around Scotland that have nothing but bunnies on them, and I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t miss a few of them.

    I had no idea until recently that the Loch Lomond islands had so much history to them.

    • There was an article on the radio tonight about it. Some plummy voiced man from Luss Estates spoke about (abite) the “damage” that the wallabies do to trees etc.

      It’s an uninhabited island!

      Still interested in a canoe trip Jaggy?

  2. Very interesting – you are indeed fortunate to have the scenery and amenity of Loch Lomond on your doorstep. When I returned home to Campbeltown last Sunday it was a scorching hot afternoon and a pleasure to see the Loch in such ideal conditions. There were thousands of people in and around it. Is it my imagination or does it currently attract far more people now than formerly?

    • Aye Alastair I often bless that good fortune. Ah pure love the place.

      You’re right that it is busy on a good day. Unfortunately a sizeable minority don’t behave as they should in a national park with resultant damage/litter etc.

      The busy picnic spots like Firkin Point tend to suffer less because of the self-policing element of being busy.

      Some of the more remote areas can end up in an awful mess. I certainly witnessed more evidence of human misbehaviour on Inchconnachan than anything done by wild creatures.

  3. Luck man. I miss the loch and always try and get a brief visit fitted in when I am down your way.

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  5. […] saw one crowd on Inchconnachan at the weekend. They had a marquee and several tents, music blaring out (of a sound system that […]

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