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A Loch Long Awaited Paddle by Wild by Nature

In this guest blog, Thomas Peddie, Outdoor Leader of outdoor adventure provider Wild by Nature shares his experience of a recent kayak safari on Loch Long, the first of the season.

After getting all our equipment checked in the early spring, Wild by Nature were excited to get on to the water recently.

We had a family group of four guests who were staying at the lovely self-catering Mansefield House in Arrochar: the group were keen to come on a Sea kayak safari on Loch Long in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. After meeting with the group we got everyone kitted out and ready to go paddling on our first safari of the season.

Shortly after leaving Arrochar, the Cobbler Mountain - also known as Ben Arthur and part of the range called the Arrochar Alps -came into view which was stunning. We saw some Gannets circling overhead and just then, a couple of seals came to investigate what we were up to. They didn’t come too close, just popped their heads up, had a look then dived back down – all in all, a nice way for the natural world to greet us as we embarked on our kayak safari.

Our group then carried on to Ardgartan, a small village situated at the mouth of the Croe Water on the west shore of Loch Long, where we enjoyed a spot of lunch on the beach, before exploring the river mouth. Afterwards we headed back towards Arrochar and enjoyed a relaxing paddle in glorious weather - a great first kayak safari of the season – we’re looking forward to many more this year.

Spring is a great time to get outdoors and on to the water in and around Loch Lomond and the Clyde Sea Lochs and the team at Wild by Nature is looking forward to helping visitors discover the gems of this natural landscape, while helping them to learn some great new skills too.


Wild by Nature run tailor-made nature and adventure experiences for small groups and individuals and they also partner up with local accommodation providers to provide unique experiences for guests.

The company currently offers trips with Mansefield House in Arrochar, Knockderry Country House Hotel in Cove, Loch Lomond Waterfront Luxury Lodges and Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel.

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