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Carry On Camping? Or Not?

This article appeared on the BBC this week about a possible wild camping ban on Loch Lomond.

I wrote here nearly two years ago about the need for something to be done.

I was on Inchconnachan yesterday and the combination of uprooted trees and debris from the recent storms along with the evidence from visitors of campfires and litter made for a sorry sight indeed.

Four of the most accessible islands, Inchtavanach, Inchconnachan, Inchmoan and Inchcruin are sites of special scientific interest and are the ones for which the wild camping ban is proposed.

However I don’t see how this would work. Several other islands in the vicinity and not that much more inaccessible, would surely then inherit the problems. Inchlonaig can be reached just as easily and already has a significant litter problem.

Yesterday on Inchconnachan, I took these photos:

This is the ruin of the house on Inchconnachan, which I wrote about here

Of course the majority of visitors aren’t destructive. Someone has obviously taken great time and care over this mural on the living room wall of the old house.

I have a memory of sailing to the mouth of the narrows (the stretch of water between Inchtavanach and Inchconnachan) on the Maid of the Loch when I was a youngster. The image in my mind is so old it is almost black and white but I can remember seeing the old house and boat shelter when they were still in use.

Whilst it is extremely doubtful that either the Maid or the house will ever be restored to their former glories, Those in charge of the islands have a duty to preserve them in the best way possible to be enjoyed by this and future generations.


Elephants Cant Paddle

Brian wrote this wee ditty about our canoe adventures on Sunday. I don’t know how this will turn out because it is a single screen grab.


Dave take note!

I took my regular trip to the North Korean News Agency to see if they were covering Obama’s visit to South Korea.

Whilst I couldn’t see anything about that, there was the following story.

I was nearly in tears I can tell you:

That Dave and Sam Menu in Full

Financial Mussels
Soups from various stocks (and shares)
Payday Pate

Steak and Ailing Finances Pie (eaten with fingers)
Calling the Tuna
In the Black Pudding
Pork a la Snouts in Trough
Humble Pie

(All served with blue chips and green stuff)

Raspberry Payvlova
Trifle Embarrassing

Coffee and Royal Mints

Mist Again

It was a misty morning on Loch Lomond yesterday.

Visibility was down to about 10 metres at some points and we could hear the Luss rescue boat blasting away looking for some lost boaters.

Richie contemplates in the mist.

These two kayaks passed as we had breakfast on the shore at Inchmoan

Time for a tune as the mist lifts.

Brian the poet was on his first voyage but his body wasn’t up to the rigours and confines of the canoe and he developed cramp and a sore back.

AnElephantCant paddle!

Richie and I ended up in one canoe towing him back in the other.By this time the mist had lifted so we could check periodically that we hadn’t lost the makeshift water ambulance or our patient!

Through my canoe postings on the blog, I was contacted by a reader from England who is coming up for an Easter break and wants to see the wallabies at Inchconnachan. I have arranged to show him and his partner around on a morning voyage next week.

I see this not as an imposition but rather a reward. I love to spread the word about this unique and diverse waterway and the cheap compact and versatile qualities of the inflatable canoe.

The Old Firm

Result just in…..

Morally and financially bankrupt, referee assisted Rangers 3, Graceless, grudging cheated Celtic 2

I heard a caller to one of the interminable phone in shows on Radio Scotland say that the other clubs in the SPL, including Celtic had been subsidised by Rangers over the years. It left me feeling so sorry for them. Imagine that their kindness to others has landed them in such a financial predicament.

And for the second week running we have Neil Lennon explaining how the referee and not any inadequacies cost Celtic the game.

King Billy has been replaced by King Pyrrhus, whilst Celtic enjoy their after match meal at the Ubiquitous Chip on the Shoulder.

The other SPL clubs seem to be waking up to the fact that maybe they should have a bit more say in what goes on in the game here.

More power to them.

Cash for Cameron

2010 – David Cameron promises curbs on Britain’s lobbying industry if he came to power, saying that lobbying was the “next big political scandal waiting to happen.”

2012 – Senior party member Peter Cruddas offers undercover journalists posing as lobbyists, access to David Cameron for £250,000 and resigns.

In the footage, Cruddas is seen discussing different sized donations and saying that £200,000 to £250,000 is “premier league”, granting access to Cameron and his Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

“When we talk about your donations the first thing we want to do is get you out to Cameron and Osborne dinners,” he says in the recording.

“You do really pick up a lot of information. And when you see the prime minister, you’re seeing David Cameron you’re not seeing the prime minister….

“But within that room everything’s confidential and you will be able to ask him practically any questions that you want.”

Presumably the money would have gone to party funds.

Mr Cruddas has resigned as party treasurer.

In resigning, Mr Cruddas said: “I deeply regret any impression of impropriety arising from my bluster in that conversation. It was categorically not the case that I could offer, or that David Cameron would consider, any access as a result of a donation.”

“Impression of impropriety”

That’s the best one since “Economical with the truth”.