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In the peaceful waters of Scotland’s Loch Lomond, a horse swims alongside its owners’ skiff.

The horse and the owners, Susan Gell and Roy Rodgers, live on tiny Inchtavannaich, one of about 30 islets that dot the fjordlike Scottish lake. For exercise, their horse regularly swims.

Loch Lomond, and its islands, is part of a 720-square-mile national park in Scotland. Like many parks in the United Kingdom, the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park includes both lovely landscapes and rich cultural heritage — villages, farms, medieval towers, castles. There’s even the ruin of an ancient priory where the infant Mary Queen of Scots was given refuge in the 1500s.

These days, visitors flock to Loch Lomond to walk and camp amid serene forests, to boat, to bird watch, to enjoy the culture. And perhaps to see a horse swim in a lake.

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Kristin R. Jackson is The Seattle Times NWTraveler editor. Contact her at

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