Well, it did finally stop raining and I had to get out of the van, if only so I did not have to hear the BBC 2 announcer harping on about the 22C and sun that has been enjoyed by most of the UK today.
Went for a long walk through the grounds of Balloch Castle and down to the Loch Lomond centre. The centre boasts an aquarium and several shops, including a small branch of Jenner’s the famous Edinburgh department store.
Not being in the mood for shopping, we carried on down to the shores of the Loch to look at the view, and the old paddle steamer the “Maid of the Loch” that is presently being restored:
Loch Lomond was its usual grey and moody self. Balloch Castle was interesting, originally from the 1300′s when it was owned by the Earl’s of Lennox (more allusions to the Lymond novels!), the present “castle” was built in 1808 as a country house and is now in a state of major disrepair. Grounds are nice, though, especially the walled garden.
Great evening meal – King Prawns with Coconut and Pineapple Sauce, rice and naan bread – one pan, one fying pan and a grill pan are really coming into their own! Short walk to the Balloch House for a pint and then back to get some sleep.
Oh, by the way, its raining – again!