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Balmaha Marina and boat yard

By digital_boi
Happy new week all. Today another few from my day out with Ronnie,firstly thanks to all for their kind comments on the last upload and special thanks to Len {Len1950} for his valued UA that being two in a row from len much appreciated Len.

The yard was established 150 years ago by Sandy Macfarlane's Great Grandfather, John Macfarlane. The yard is very much a family business with traditional values..The ferry runs from the Balmaha Boatyard to the North Pier on Inchcailleach Island. The crossing is very short and operates on an 'on demand' basis. A minimum of an hour on the island would be suggested, though most visitors prefer to stay longer. Please advise the Ticket Office of your preferred return time at the start of your sail..Inchcailleach is one of the largest and highest islands, and is also the nearest to Balmaha..As soon as you alight at the North Pier you have the feeling of being somewhere magical and away from it all..Inchcailleach is a Nature Reserve with an abundance of flora and fauna. Enjoy stunning views of Loch Lomond from the hill top and explore the ancient history of the island..The 52 hectares of Inchcailleach are cloaked in oak woodland providing shady walks and a rich habitat for the host of wildlife resident on the island. From the spring when the woodland floor is carpeted with bluebells through to October when sounds of the rutting fallow deer echo through the trees, the island provides accessible sights and sounds all year round..There is a choice of walking paths on the island each taking 30-45 minutes. The low path takes you clockwise round the island. ... and can be joined from landing points at Port Bawn or the North pier. The summit path takes in the highest point on the island at 85m and will reward you with a panoramic views up and down the Loch..The island has a long association with Christianity since Saint Kentigerna established a nunnery around 1,300 years ago. The low path includes a visit to the ancient burial ground and the site of a church built in the 13th Century and dedicated to her memory. The church was in use until 1770 but the burial ground was used until 1947. Amongst the graves you will find the grave of the Clan Chief of the MacGregors..Port

Tags: Water Pod Autumn colours Boat yard Landscape and travel Balmaha marina

Voters: cats_123, BillRookery, Irishkate and 23 more

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31 Oct 2016 9:57AM
Three beautiful images
Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2016 9:57AM
Well composed composition of the marina and a wealth of knowledge shared about
Inchcailleach - have never managed over there yet.
Clive & I did climb Conic Hill once - tougher than it looks!
Kate Grin
ColleenA Plus
9 500 7 Australia
31 Oct 2016 10:19AM
Great set Graham...and such interesting info
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
31 Oct 2016 10:42AM
That's a fine view over the marina, Graham: and I do like the landscape over the loch with the old gnarled old root mass as a f/g feature.
The shot of the summit of Conic Hill from the car park makes the Hill look so much bigger than it is.
And what an interesting narrative packed with information.
Fine set which brings back happy memories a fine day out with you.
capto Plus
9 6.8k 25 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2016 11:28AM
A fascinating history well presented with a great set.Smile

CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
31 Oct 2016 11:40AM
Three wonderful images, Graham. My award is for V.1, a wonderful composition and presentation.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2016 11:54AM
Excellent images Graham!
Happy Halloween!
Isabel GrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
31 Oct 2016 12:08PM
A great trio Graham, love the lead image, looks a nice location to set sail from - even if only a short sail! Smile
Trev Smile
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2016 12:45PM
Wonderful looking scenes and narrative Graham, but my gong goes to that old root and magnificent view.
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
31 Oct 2016 2:28PM
A lovely set Graham. Looks a wonderful place to visit.
31 Oct 2016 4:47PM
You've done it again Graham...........three fabulous images. WinkWink
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2016 5:58PM
Lovely collection, Graham.

Three splendid images, great colours and detail. superb photography, Graham.

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