Today, I participated in a fascinating ‘ Ardess Hidden History Trail’ close to Loch Lomond taking in a very wide range of topics including  local flora, industrial archaeology, old settlements, wonderful scenery-and even a mention of Roy Roy!  This landscape has been managed by man for hundreds of years, although, apparently not, during prehistory. Sites of interest included:

  • Ruins of numerous domestic dwellings dating from 1700s and 1800s.
  • Evidence of iron smelting on a  small scale, possibly dating back to the 1400s-1600s.
  • Rigg and Furrow-small scale agriculture.
  • Coppicing-woodland management of oak trees.

Here is an image of the Loch with resident swans taken from Rowardennan.

Loch Lomond View

Scenic Waterfall

Waterfall

Green and lush environment on banks of Loch Lomond.

Woodland Scene

This is sphagnum moss which was growing quite profusely. In times past its antiseptic properties made it useful for wound dressings (when dry).

Sphagnum Moss

Look hard and you will see a well camouflaged  Golden Ringed Dragonfly.

Golden Ringed Dragonfly

This colourful vegetation comprises Bog Myrtle and Bog Asphodel.

Bog Asphodel and Bog Myrtle

On the trail

On the Ardess History Trail

Loch scene from Balmaha.

Loch Lomond View

View this video clip for a view of the Loch from Rowardennan.

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