Our Loch Lomond ride held over the weekend of June 5 and 6 was an assault on the senses in every way. The smell of broom and gorse on the approach to the Garadhban Forest was nothing short of mind blowing. The sound of the horses’ hooves ringing through Buchanan Castle estate, the views of Loch Lomond and the feel of the sun on your back all conspired to a taste of freedom experiences of 170 riders for the first time in what felt like forever.
As always, we are deeply indebted to our wonderful volunteers and generous landowners, without whom none of this would be possible. Local route finder and BHS stalwart Rhoda McVey was kind enough to share her favourite ride and local expertise with us. The equestrian history of the Buchanan Castle estate and the broad haugh of the Endrick Water was the perfect setting for such an escape. We are indebted to Forest & Land Scotland for allowing us access to the Garadhban Forest. It was simply wonderful and rather special to join walkers on the eponymous West Highland Way. Just over £3000 was raised for our important access work.
The photographs from both days are available online