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Sunday, September 07, 2014

The Village of Luss (Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park)

In August we had been on a short holiday to Scotland. Prestwick was our base for the holiday and we visited Glasgow, Ayr and Loch Lomond. Situated around 10 miles south of Tarbert on the western shores of Loch Lomond is the little conservation village of Luss. Before heading off to Loch Lomond we had a short break at Luss.

Luss originally named Clachan dubh or 'dark village' is the ancestral home of the Clan Colquhoun. St. Kessog brought Christianity to Luss sometime in the early 6th century and even now a number of medieval structures can be seen in the current churchyard. The present church in Luss was built by Sir James Colquhoun in memory of his father in 1875, though the graveyard is much older. Nowadays the church is a very popular venue for marriages.


Luss became quite famous as a result of being featured in the Scottish TV drama series 'Take the High Road'. The village though little is very picturesque. It has a row of early 19th century estate workers' cottages that line the main street. The cottages run down from the centre of the village to the shore of Loch Lomond and Luss Pier. Made with sandstone and slate the beautiful cottages were made even more colourful because of the flower blooms. You can wander around the village and you will find small gift shops and tea rooms. Luss is well worth a visit even though it is packed with tourists at certain times of the day. You can either make a short trip to the village to enjoy and explore the beautiful scenery and natural spaces or you can make Luss your base while visiting Loch Lomond. There are many lovely cottages in Luss(on the banks of Loch Lomond) that are perfect retreats for family holidays or short breaks.





You can enquire at the local visitor centre about the accommodation options. The visitor centre is also the starting point for four village walks. Two of the walks are short and all-abilities paths suitable for walkers as well as wheelchair users. The other two walks have some steep sections and steps.

Luss visitor centre

- Lochside path (15 minutes, flat even surface) explores the village and shore.
- Riverside path (30 minutes, flat even surface) follows the banks of Luss Water.
- Slate Quarry path (30 minutes, steep sections and steps) passes the old mills and a slate quarry
- Luss Heritage walk(1 hour, steep sections and steps) full circuit of the village, the river and the surrounding countryside.

What I enjoyed the most in Luss was its beautiful long sandy beach with excellent views of the Loch. The place is ideal for picnics and for paddling as well. In fact the Loch is well known for its water sports activities like sailing, water skiing and wake boarding.






To sum it up, we enjoyed out short trip to Luss. It would make for a perfect base to explore Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. With its pretty streets bedecked with colourful flowers and long sandy beach, Luss has everything you need. Whether it is adventure you are after(water sports, climbing) or you just want to enjoy the wildlife and take in the spectacular views of the Loch, Luss is the place to go to.

For more information, you can get in touch with the Luss Visitor Centre:
Luss Visitor Centre
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Scotland G838PA
Phone: +44 1436 860229
 

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