Falls of Falloch
Along the way to my next destination, Loch Lomond, I made a few stops to explore and stretch my legs a little bit. One of the first was this stunning waterfall near Crianlarich. It´s just a short walk through Glen Falloch along the river until one reaches the fall.
While I was there a guy went swimming and his dog, this super cute Boxer, was very nervous and couldn´t wait until he got out again safe and sound – just like Boxers are.
Rest and be thankful
Glen Croe is known for its beauty, an ancient feature left by a glacier.
The Rest and Be Thankful is quite literally named as a place where travellers in olden times would stop, rest and be thankful that they had reached the top of their steep climb, before continuing on to their destination. The original road was built by soldiers in the mid-18th century and a stone was erected, bearing the words Rest and Be Thankful, as a permanent monument, upon its completion in 1750. (Wanderwisdom)
The weather during my visit made it quite the dramatic view. Today there is parking and a food truck on this point and the perfect opportunity to walk around a little bit and enjoy the view.
The road (A83) has to be closed sometimes because of landslides, like in October 2018 during the storm Callum.
Looking down towards the valley you can still see the old road leading through the valley.
The highest point on the A83 is 803 ft above sea level and divides Glen Kinglas from Glen Croe. (Visitscotland)
My next stop was already at the shores of Loch Lomond, I paid the model village Luss a short visit.
Luss is a conservation village with picturesque rows of little cottages that housed workers.
A settlement has stood on this site since medieval times although much of the current village dates from the 18th and 19th centuries, having been developed to house workers from nearby slate quarries. (Visitscotland)
Around 1,500 years ago, an Irish missionary, St Kessog, arrived at Loch Lomond, bringing Christianity to the area. At the time Luss was called Clachan Dhu (the dark village) because it lay in the shadow of the surrounding hills. St Kessog was martyred and his body embalmed with sweet herbs. Legend has it that the herbs grew and covered his grave, providing a new name for the village – lus is Gaelic for herb. (Loch Lomond)
Balloch was the next village from my cottage and the gorgeous garden of Balloch Castle provided the perfect backdrop for some portraits.