On the banks of Loch Lomond

After our visit of Stirling Castle, we headed towards the wonderful Loch Lomond. It is the largest freshwater lake in Scotland and has a lot of little islands inside of it. We climbed on top of a small hill to get a view over the loch and it was delightful. We saw a lot of thistles and other wild flowers. Apparently, in late August-beginning of September, everything looks purple, as the heathers are in full bloom. It must be very nice !

A lot of pictures from the countryside were taken from the bus window (again !), but I really wanted to share them with you regarding the amazing countryside we went though on our way to the loch.

On our way back to Edinburgh, we listened to the well-known traditional Scottish song, The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond

“…Ye’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak the low road
And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond
….”

There are a lot of theories about the meaning of this song, but our guide explained to us that it was about two brothers, living by the banks of Loch Lomond. They got captured by the Jacobites who gave them a difficult choice : one of them as to die for the other to survive, and they will let them decide which one will sacrifice himself. The one who chose to die told his brother that he will go back to Scotland by another road, the low road, the one of the dead and that he will reach Scotland, his true love, first. It’s kind of a sad song…

Here is a link towards the video if you want to listen :

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53 responses to “On the banks of Loch Lomond

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    • Thank you ! Hiking over there should be nice as well, one day is a bit short to enjoy the scenery. If you have the opportunity, try to stay a few day around Loch Lomond, there is so much to do ! :-)

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  3. Such beautiful photos to go along with a beautiful song! I remember my 4th grade class learning this song many, many years ago. It has always been one of my favorites.

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    • It was ! Hiking over there is a must do, I hope I’ll get to do it one day ! Maybe visiting that place during another season could also be interesting, to see the different colour patterns.

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  4. These images are really refreshing… all shades of green and blue…

    What a great place for a castle, on the banks of the lake and foothills of the hills.

    Thanks a lot for sharing :)

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    • Oh that’s a shame for the song, but maybe you can listen to it by yourself and search it in youtube or another website :-) It is pretty famous, you won’t have any problem to find it, I’m sure !

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