Loch Lomond is the largest expanse of fresh water in Great Britain. It is 23 miles long and 5 miles wide and at it’s deepest point 636 deep. It has always excited me when we drive around the Highland to see Loch Lomond.
I heard the song Loch Lomond sung many times in my home and I have to say it stirs my Scottish heart to this day. When we were in the pub singing with all the locals and the guy that invited us was watching me…He got a big smile on his face to see I knew every word and that I loved singing it. The last time I was here I found three young lads down on the bank, shoes off singing Bonnie, Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. I asked them to sing it again for me and they did.
This time we got out on the Loch and got to look back at the shore and the large expanse of the Loch.
A fascinating fact I had never heard was about the boundary area fault line. It was formed 500 million years ago when the islands that formed Scotland crashed into each other. The line goes across the width of Scotland and separates the Scottish highlands from the lowlands.
Also Ben Lomond, a mountain 3192 feet high. In Gaelic it means beacon mountain and is very popular with Scottish hill walkers. I have heard it in songs but didn’t know what it was.
Some interesting characters of past around the Loch are William Wallace, Braveheart …used the Loch as his hideout. Robert Bruce also used the Loch as his hideout. He developed a lifelong friendship with the Earl of Lennox…in charge of this land. The two often hunted together. Rob Roy Scottish outlaw. He oversaw safe passage collected funds …starting the phrase black mail. Sir Walter Scott wrote romantic tales and was largely responsible for it becoming a visitor destination.
It is definitely my favorite. Many are attracted to Loch Ness and the monster…I prefer Loch Lomond…The Queen of the Lochs.