Saturday, May, 17 was our first day in Scotland - can't count arriving the night before, 10 hours late, in Glasgow. It was a cloudy and cool day, with periods of steady rain. Perfect weather for an afternoon pot of tea, which we all did with a late lunch after a walk and then a boat cruise on Loch Lomand. This loch is one of the most famous of all in Scotland and is a popular spot for vacations. We were in the town of Balloch (maybe that means "bottom of the loch," as it is on the southern end of the loch where the river flows out.)
After lunch we took a longer walk around Balloch Castle Park, seeing the wonderful spring flowers, the ruins of the castle, and views of Loch Lomand. Here are a few photos...
The park had walking trails, many paved, and had been a former estate, so there were lots of managed plantings.
"Oh, ye'll tak' the high road, and I'll tak' the low road,
And I'll get to Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond."
There is fabulous hiking and many parks - including a National Park - all over the Loch Lomand area. I had scoped out many hikes to attempt but never go to any of them here because of the late arrival. Another time, I hope.