Thursday 30th May, Inchcailloch – Watercolour with some Inktense

“Inch” just means “Island” in old Scots. When we arrived at Loch Lomond we decided to use one of the “water taxis” to visit this island. The lady, in the visitor centre, said that the bluebells were out and, if she had not been working, she would have been on the island herself. We soon saw what inspired her. The woods were covered in vast carpets of bluebells which lay under the moss covered trees (it can get very wet in these parts). We stayed for a couple of hours in this enchanting place listening to the birdsong echoing in the still woods. I shall return here, one day.

Oh where, tell me where did your highland laddie dwell?
Oh where, tell me where did your highland laddie dwell?
He dwelt in bonnie Scotland where bloom the sweet bluebells
And it’s oh! in my heart I rue my laddie well.
(The bluebells of Scotland – Dora Jordan 1801)