Highland Cow, Scotland

Today was stage 2 of my hike along the West Highland Way. This was a 14 mile section from Drymen to Rowardennan, most of which was along the eastern bank of Loch Lomond.

Drymen, Scotland

The first section was Drymen to Balmaha, starting with gentle Trossachs landscape the route entailed a gentle incline passing through farmland to a commercial forestry and logging area into Garadhban forest which comprises non-native conifers, principally Spruce and Larch. This went on to merge with the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

Wildflower, Scotland

Heather, Scotland

West Highland Way, Trossachs, Scotland

Logging at Garadhban, Scotland

Rose Hips, Scotland

Fungi, Scotland

Along the first section. I encountered runners and dog walkers. Weather was damp but not actually raining. Later in the morning there was a sharp ascent up Conical Hill (1175 ft) where visibility was very poor due to low cloud. Along the path a Highland Cow and calf emerged from the gloom to block the path. Fortunately, this breed is passive and just required a ‘work around’. A good photo opp.

Conical Hill Trail, Scotland

Bovine path blocker at conical Hill.

Highland Cow with Calf at Conical Hill, Scotland

I arrived Balmaha at 12.00 noon and availed of refreshment at the Oak Tree Inn.

Balmaha, Scotland

After lunch I moved on to Rowardennan along a less demanding trail which mainly followed the eastern bank of Loch Lomond. Along the way, scenery changed from conifers to deciduous (oak, alder, etc.). I arrived Rowardennan at 4.30pm.

West Highland Way, Loch Lomond

Fungi, Loch Lomond

West Highland Way Trail, Loch Lomond, Scotland

Fungi, Scotland

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Today, I obtained an interesting portfolio of images covering fungi and wildflowers.

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