Anew walking tour business, in Loch Lomond, launched in June 2019 called ArgyllWalks. Gerena met her husband, Shaun through the Glasgow HF outdoor club. So,eighteen years later, they completed 284 Munros and climbed Kilimanjaro, Mount Ararat, Mount Whitney, Bonete Peak. Furthermore,Gerena walked long distance walks in Scotland and abroad.. For example, the John Muir Trail, Cape Wrath Trail, West Highland Way, Skye Trail, Three Lochs Way and The Cowal Way were completed during summer holidays.
Moved to Argyll
We moved to Argyll and Bute 14 years ago. I volunteered as a guide at both The Hill House in Helensburgh in 2009 and The Burrell Collection in Pollok Park in 2015. Hence, I am passionate about Argyll and its many attractions and love sharing my enthusiasm with my visitors.
I love showing tourists Luss, telling of her history, architecture and clan legends and other tales. For example, my favorite stop on the ArgyllWalks walking tour is Loch Lomond. I find the beauty and the moods in the landscape, give visitors an insight to the outdoors. So that,it makes you feel the walking experience.
“Si Je Puis”
Above all, I love the story of how the Colquhouns captured Dumbarton Castle from the Earl of Lennox.In short, the castle was starving, and Sir John Colquhoun set loose a deer, so that the castle men would open the gates to go hunting. Consequently, Sir John Colquhoun and his men gained entry to the castle without any bloodshed. As a result, King James I asked Sir James Colquhoun to capture the castle and he replied “Si Je Puis” [I will if I can]. In gratitude, King James I bestowed on the Chief of Colquhoun, a coat-of-arms, with a crest showing a stag’s head and two deerhounds as supporters, bearing the motto “Si Je Puis”.
Inspire Local People
In conclusion, I spent many hours researching the tour, in the the Mitchell Library and in Dumbarton library. I created a well prepared history tour for Luss. All walks are with an experienced guide in Loch Lomond. Furthermore, I am a regular hillwalker, and history buff. I have started my own walking tour business in Loch Lomond, to show the beauty of the local places in Argyll. I would like to encourage more local people to find out about their local history and join me.
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