Loch Lomond

By yon bonnie banks an' by yon bonnie braes
Whaur the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
Whaur me an' my true love will ne'er meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomon'.
O ye'll tak' the high road, and Ah'll tak' the low road
And Ah'll be in Scotlan' afore ye
Fir me an' my true love will ne'er meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomon'.
'Twas there that we perted in yon shady glen
On the steep, steep sides o' Ben Lomon'
Whaur in (soft) purple hue, the hielan hills we view
An' the moon comin' oot in the gloamin’.
The wee birdies sing an' the wild flouers spring
An' in sunshine the waters are sleeping
But the broken heart it kens, nae second spring again
Tho' the waeful may cease frae their greeting.

Last weekend was an absolute scorcher. Instead of sleeping in we took full advantage of the unusually sunny weather and caught the morning train from Glasgow Queen Street to Balloch. From the station it's only a short 5 minute walk to the Loch Lomond just behind the Lomond Shores Shopping Centre. The original plan was to head from Balloch, around the Loch to Luss. Unfortunately, my walking boots and thick socks were way too uncomfortable in the summer heat for a 8 mile walk. Instead, plan B. We grabbed some lunch in Dug Cafe. I scoffed down the best chocolate cake I've had in a long time and the Eton mess cake looked so tempting. Fully fueled we set off on a shorter walk around Balloch House/Castle and it's grounds. The whole area was teaming with families, no doubt making up for the wet bank holiday just passed. We sunbathed (and got burnt), ate yummy ice cream and hummed Loch Lomond. By the end of the day I was ready for bed. Every year I forget how sleepy the sun makes me. I do wish summer siestas were a tradition here. Surely I'm not the only one who's energy is drained by the 'evil day star'?

1 comment:

  1. Sunny days make me sleepy, too. It's so lovely to see photos of Loch Lomond--I haven't been there since I was a kid. I used to love walks around the shore (except for the midgies). I bet the tourist aspects have changed loads over the years!