In the past we have spent a lot of time at Balloch on the shores of Loch Lomond.  We could cycle from the campsite along the river Leven and eventually arrive in Dumbarton – the family seat of the Sweeneys.

On this occasion we were only staying in the area for a couple of days so Graham and a family friend, Joe Bell, took the train from Dumbarton to Balloch where we had lunch.  

River Leven at Balloch
The following day we enjoyed a scenic drive along the shores of Loch Lomond to the Scottish Highlands, passing through Glencoe and Fort William.  We spent the night at a campsite near Malaig from where we would take the ferry to Skye. The campsite was in the middle of nowhere but had “No Vacancies” signs along the approach road and, sure enough, it was full. 

The helpful owner managed to find space for us by the front gate.  In the morning we took advantage of a small break in the rain and walked down to the beautiful sandy beach.