|The MTKTV (Moderate Terrain Kayak Transport Vehicle)|
parked outside the Kenmore Hotel.
Nestled amidst the mountains of Highland Perthshire, Kenmore is home to the aptly named Kenmore Hotel. Commissioned in 1572, it's Scotland's oldest inn. The area is a hill-walking paradise with seven Munros along a high ridge to the north of the loch. They're on the "to do" list for sure.
|More or less unchanged...since 1572!|
|Himself, a portrait inside the hotel.|
Th' outstretching lake, imbosomed 'mong the hills,
The eye with wonder and amazement fills;
The Tay meandering sweet in infant pride,
The palace rising on his verdant side;
The lawns wood-fringed in Nature's native taste;
The hillocks dropt in Nature's careless haste,
The arches striding o'er the new-born stream;
The village glittering in the noontide beam.
Launching from the beach at the east end of the loch, the early morning temperatures were just above freezing. A layer of fleece under the dry suits promised a very comfortable paddle on the unusually calm waters.
|The P and H Scorpio, a Valley Etain, and two IKEA bags - the complete team.|
It may not be the ocean, but we've found it to be a magical place to paddle at any time of the year.
|Off the port bow, a reflection of the Church of Scotland Kenmore Kirk.|
|Content to be a "drifter".|
There are 18 artificially created islands in the loch, called crannogs. It is believed that they date back before 2000 BC. We've paddled by some and it is completely mind-boggling to think that these islands were created, one stone at a time, so very long ago. The crannogs and the dwellings built on them helped to protect the ancient Celts from wild animals...and irritating neighbours!
|Re-constructed Iron Age crannog at the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay.|
Such delightful surprises in life sometimes lay hidden, and patiently await discovery.
|The reds and yellows of autumn in Scotland...|
and they do rather take the shape of kayaks!
At the proverbial "end of the day", looking into the setting sun, it had clearly been, a very good day.
|Paddling partners, good to be together again.|