The lochan is artificial, it is dammed at one end. It was created in the 1890s by Donald Alexander Smith, for his Canadian wife. She was homesick for the landscape of her home country, so, Donald created this Canadian inspired refuge for her.
To be fair, apart from some unusual conifers the landscape could be anywhere in the Highlands. Still, it was a nice idea.
There are three walks around the lochan: easy, middling and difficult. The easy walk is completely flat, and would be accessible for those with limited mobility (wheelchairs etc.). The middling walk has some steeper sections, and rougher ground. The final walk has a couple of almost vertical sections. The guide suggests you allow 30, 40 and 40 mins for each walk. I did each walk in 20 mins.
No matter which walk you do,the views are great.
It wouldn't be a walk report, from me, without a photo of the footpath. 😃
This is the steep section of the "difficult" path. Helpfully, the Forestry Commission have inserted some stepping stones into the path. Without these stones it would be difficult to traverse, and the path would erode very quickly.
When you get to the top of this section you know you've done some walking.
Along the edge of the "easy", lower path I found these dwarf daffodils. The flower heads were only 35mm across. Unfortunately, something had been nibbling two of the flowers, although one was still perfect.
I don't know if these were truly wildflowers or escaped cultivars. Their very smallness made them look cute.
The first photo shows the dam, which is little more than a stone wall. A sluice gate in the centre controls the water level.
The second photo is taken from the dam, and is looking up the lochan, in the opposite direction. A section of the "easy" path is shown in the foreground. I managed to choose a moment without strollers.
@fitheach Nice pictures, thanks for sharing! I look forward to walking in the hills again, but it will be a while yet.
The end of Lockdown is just around the corner, don't you think?
I'm glad that my local authority area is so large.
I used to work for a company that extracted galantamine from daffodils. I can't remember which variety but I do remember that it was a dwarf variety.
Galantamine is used in the treatment of Alzheimer's.
One justification for saving rainforests is the potential loss of medicines from undiscovered plants. Maybe that includes "our" rainforests.
I can't think of a more beautiful hiding spot for an easter egg. What a nice idea to leave it there for an unknown passer-by!
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