Thursday, 18 June 2015

By Yon Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond 12 -14th June 2015

Had a couple of days on Lomondside camping and kayaking at the weekend with some good friends and where I met some new one's.

Responsible camping in the National Park by responsible people where no trace was left behind.

The way it should be ....

All of the wood used for the camp fire was deadfall with not a single piece of wood cut from a living tree and all trace of the camp fire was removed before leaving. Would've liked to have posted an as it was before we arrived picture before leaving but the charge on the camera ran out. Unfortunately, there are just some things you can't plan for ;-)



Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Loch Lomond and Trossachs Camping Bans

As recently reported by BBC news, The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority board voted for complete camping bans on Loch Lomond and throughout the rest of the National Park on Monday 27th April.

Read the BBC article by clicking this link

Camping crackdown approved by Loch Lomond park board  

As a result of this aberration which in my opinion is nothing less than an assault on the free men and women of Scotland itself. Here is a copy of an e-mail I'm sending to my MSP Jamie Hepburn in opposition to the proposed camping bans by the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority. I strongly object to the ban and feel if it is not stopped, similar bye laws will be introduced in other areas making it almost impossible to wild camp in Scotland without being made to feel like a criminal.

Kevin Findlater MBE, a former Chief Inspector of Police in the Loch Lomond area has heavily criticised the Park Authority for its proposals, which he branded “unnecessary and draconian”.
Please feel free to copy it and send it, or send one like it to your MSP.

Likes on Facebook pages are being ignored by the Scottish Parliament. The only way to do something about this is to personally e-mail or write to your MSP. The camping ban has been approved by the Park Authority but still needs final approval by the Scottish Government so there is still time to Object.
You could send a copy of this text your friends, Facebook groups/pages and forums, urging them to e-mail their MSP's too. It should only take a couple of minutes.

Thanks for reading.



( Insert your MSP'S name here ) ,

I am writing to strongly object to the proposed wild camping and access ban which has been approved by the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park authority. There is existing legislation and police powers to deal with offenders in the National Park. The majority of wild campers are responsible and care for the environment. I feel the imposition of this ban would be an unacceptable erosion of the hard won freedoms and civil liberties we have in Scotland that people have fought and died for.
I trust you will find this in order and note my objections to these proposed draconian restrictions and bans.

Yours sincerely,

( Insert your name and address here )

Please take the time to either write to or e-mail your MSP voicing your objections to these bans, your future access to the Scottish Countryside could depend upon it.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Tomtain Hill Kilsyth

Went for a walk up Tomtain hill today. Took the Yugoslavian Army Cookset and Canteen I bought last week to give it a wee try. Well impressed.

Lovely views

Started my walk about 6 o'clock and got back down to the road about 9.15 p.m. after messing about for about an hour and a half making dinner (that's the moon top deadcentre in the photae ). Nearly got knocked down by the local constabulary who were on the lookout for poachers about two minutes after taking this shot but learned some very interesting information about a wee loch I used to fish from them ;-)

Wee video of the cookset in action

Friday, 24 April 2015

Wild Camping Bans

Read it and weep, will be coming to your neck of the woods soon if you don't let your voice be heard now :-(

Camping ban likely throughout Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

This is like a virus that started on East Loch Lomond and will spread throughout Scotland if nothing is done to stop it. The police have existing powers and legislation at their disposal to deal with anti social offenders but don't or won't do anything. As a result, it has given our illustrious leaders the opportunity to re-write legislation and allowed local councils to introduce bye-laws which underhandedly circumvent the freedom to roam and anti trespass laws. If this is freedom it is the most warped type of freedom I have ever seen. Once again the many are going to be punished as a result of the mindless actions of the few.

Note what it says on his guitar, I never really knew what a fascist was till a few years ago.....

Monday, 20 April 2015

You'll take the high road

Went for a paddle and a bit of fishing on Loch Lomond this weekend. Nae fish but fantastic weather and also met up with a great bunch of people. Bivvied up at the loch side but my feet were absolutely freezing in the morning, need a pair of furry sleeping bag socks socks meethinks.

 Setting out at Rowardennan

 The Big Loch

 Bivvied Up

Campfire Craik

 A cold night

Cold feet !

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Browns and Bows

Nice brown trout for my pal and a hard fighting rainbow for me up at his club loch today. Nothing else to the boat but a few others each that weren't too keen on coming aboard. The rainbow was 2lb 8oz and scrapped well above it's weight. Thought I was going to lose it and had a heck of a bother getting it into the net. When I finally did the fly fell out. A nice conditioned full finned rainbow trout which seemed to have been eating a lot of reeds ?

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Keeping it Simple

A boat was docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village.
A tourist complimented the local fishermen on the quality of their fish and... asked how long it took to catch them.
"Not very long" they answered in unison.
"Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?"
The fishermen explained that their small catches were sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families.
"But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
"We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children, and take siestas with our wives. In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs.
We have a full life."
The tourist interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."
"And after that?"
"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.
Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City!!! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."
"How long would that take?"
"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years." replied the tourist.
"And after that?"
"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting," answered the tourist, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!"
"Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the fishermen.
"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."
"With all due respect sir, but that's exactly what we are doing now. So what's the point wasting twenty-five years?" asked the Mexicans.
And the moral of this story is:
Know where you're going in life, you may already be there! Many times in life, money is not everything.
“Live your life before life becomes lifeless”