2020 is such a weird year that I ended up with some incredible stats by the end of August. I had met up with only 1 of my family & friends (my sister) in person since December 2019 and I hadn’t left my small town since early March or been to any cafes or restaurants since lockdown.
With things easing a bit (at the time) my dad & his partner came to visit me and I got to experience the outside world again. We stayed local since Loch Lomond is only a few miles away.
Loch Lomond Shores
The weather forecast was consistently wrong for most of August and so we ended up spending a very wet day at Loch Lomond Shores. It’s mainly a shopping centre but also has some tourist attractions and activities. The aquarium was booked up so we ended up booking an aerial adventure course and managed to pick a time when it was pouring with rain.
I’d never done anything like this and it was a bit scary inching your way across wires and ropes and logs in all the rain but I made it through the course. Ziplining was definitely the most fun part. We got totally soaked and covered in mud but I would maybe try it again in better weather.
We had better weather the next day and got back to our usual cake & garden schedule visiting Geilston Garden. Even though it’s just a few miles outside Helensburgh we’d never visited and I was surprised at how big it was, and how much produce they grow.
There were so many fully laden apple trees and plots full of berries, beans, greens and giant pumpkins. Everything was so green from all the rain and all the flowers were in bloom and so colourful. Angel Bunny was happy to get outside too.
Loch Lomond & Luss
The last day brought the best weather and we got out early for a boat tour of Loch Lomond from the very picturesque village of Luss. It was a lot colder out on the water but you get such classic Scottish views from every angle.
You can even get dropped off at a little island (bottom left photo) to explore and take a later boat back. That’s definitely something to remember for future holidays. Our boat was quite empty but the next one was packed and everywhere was so much busier since it was the weekend (and a bank holiday weekend in England).
I had a great time and it was fun to do some different things and eat out but it didn’t really make me want to start going out again so I’m back to my hermit life now.
You can see more photos on my Flickr.