It was by chance that we discovered one of the best places to view Loch Lomond, after a somewhat bland visit to Loch Lomond Shores. We chanced upon Suie Field only after driving along the highway towards Loch Long. By the side of the highway was a place to park the car, and we took the chance. We had to walk for about five minutes before getting to an opening, which led to the loch. Here’s why I think Suie Field is the best viewpoint for Loch Lomond.
At the Suie Field beach, we met a group of young Scots who offered us some of the booze they were drinking. It was a road trip on a sunny day, and they were on a road trip from Glasgow. It was the best of all days – laughing, chilling, talking. If only such moments would be possible with my friends from Singapore. One of them was also swimming in the loch – which was a tad chilly on a 20 deg summer’s day.
Now at this point, having watched Nat Geo’s Wild documentary on a drowning case, I was rather worried for him. The girl whom we spoke to also said that she heard of someone who had drowned while swimming in the lake. The Scottish Sun reported a similar case recently.
Essentially, we have no idea what goes down in the loch below – there could be strong undercurrents and creatures which may take you down. Or you could have a leg cramp.
So I have to be a prick and say that at this point, while the lake may be wonderous and beautiful, there are hidden dangers that lurk in the water. It’s fine to take a little dip, but avoid going too far out. Before you go in, do a check for warning signs of animals (crocs?) and currents in the water.
That said, the swimming dude was pretty happy. Making jokes – he was glad that I took his photo after hearing that I write for a relatively ‘famous blog’. I couldn’t imagine myself swimming in 20 deg weather, but it must have felt really liberating to be swimming under the bright blue sky, in a freshwater lake.
At this point, we bid them farewell, as we ventured around the rest of Suie Fields. There was a couple camping, but it was not crowded. The perfect beach to have. I wished I had drunk the water from Loch Lomond. If you observe the sky, you will see that it is completely blue, without a cloud. But just as I was about to snap a picture, a lone cloud drifted into the frame. I seized the moment and took a snap.
The Travelling Squid’s Take
Compared to Loch Lomond Shores, the Suie Fields was a large improvement in terms of experience and viewpoint. It also helped that we met a group of friendly Scots, who reminded me of my friends back at home. Thank you for being so welcoming! I daresay our hospitality will probably not extend back to tourists here in Singapore, but it was nice sharing this gentle loch with you.