Luss is situated on the western shores of Loch Lomond and was originally known as Clachan Dubh, ‘the dark village’. This is because of its mountain setting, the shade from the mountain means that there are less hours of daylight, in the winter time this is particularly noticeable. Luss is said to be derived from the gaelic ‘Lus’ (meaning a plant), though some believe that it is derived from the French word ‘Luce’, meaning ‘Lily’. Luss is perhaps most famous for appearing as a backdrop in television programmes, most notably the Scottish Soap Opera ‘Take The High Road’.
If you are looking for a Scottish Wedding Venue beside Loch Lomond then the village of Luss has to be one of your 1st choices. Here the established Lodge on Loch Lomond has been providing bespoke Weddings in its beautiful Loch Side Spa Hotel. Also within the village is The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, recently re-opened after a major refurbishment which includes building a separate Wedding function suite. Both of these Luss Hotels are also suitable for Conferences and private gatherings, parties and live music events.
A must visit in Luss is Luss General Store, here you will find a carefully chosen collection of stylish, Scottish inspired gifts, and handcrafted products made lovingly by local craftspeople. Part of Luss Estates and opened in May 2014 they stock a great choice of FabuLuss Gifts to suit all tastes and budgets.
In 2015 the village plan to plant a Red Oak Tree to celebrate and commemorate Queen Elizabeth II overtaking Queen Victoria as the longest reigning Monarch in the UK . Both Luss locals and non-locals are being invited to apply to have memorials engraved on the stone plinth around the base of the Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Tree.
Settlements have existed in this area since ancient times, there are clues that the Viking Haekon of Norway plundered Luss, as their longboats were docked at Arrochar and Tarbet in 1263. An 11th Century Viking Hog-backed grave stone can be found in the churchyard of Luss Church. Luss Church contains many interesting stones and is well worth a visit. The earliest gravestones lie at the main entrance to the church, two slabs, each with a simple cross from the 7th or 8th century.
In recent times, Luss can be distinguished by the cottages that were originally built house workers in the cotton mill and slate quarries of the 18th and 19th centuries. These were erected by the local land owners the Colquhons, who lived nearby in Rossdhu Castle. Luss is now a conservation village and the cottages have been fully restored.
Luss continues to be a popular tourist attraction, in addition to the famous village itself, Luss Pier boasts stunning views of Ben Lomond. This is Scotlands most southernly ‘Munro’ (meaning an individual Mountain over 3000 feet high).
The village also hosts a water taxi service to Balloch, at the south of the loch, allowing visitors to transfer on into Glasgow by train or visit its shopping centre, Lomond Shores. Luss Pier is a popular starting point for boat trips on the loch.
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