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Luss, on the shores of Loch Lomond

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To ex­plore Loch Lomond NP

It’s all too easy to be dis­tracted by the 1 al­lure of the higher peaks of the north and give the Loch Lomond Na­tional Park noth­ing more than a nod of ap­pre­ci­a­tion at the in­creas­ing topo­graph­i­cal drama on your way up on the A82. But pay a lit­tle closer at­ten­tion and you’ll no­tice the small con­ser­va­tion vil­lage of Luss po­si­tioned right on Loch Lomond shore and just a very easy di­ver­sion from the main road. Made fa­mous by the pop­u­lar TV se­ries in the 80s and 90s, Take the High Road, Luss is truly a vil­lage where loch and moun­tains meet, and is nicely po­si­tioned to ex­plore the whole Na­tional Park.

For rolling hill­walks

2 From the vil­lage, the Luss hills pro­vide gen­tle hill­walk­ing with mag­nif­i­cent views over Loch Lomond and out to the dra­matic Ar­rochar Alps. Head to Beinn Dubh and Beinn Eich for a taste of the im­me­di­ate sur­round­ing area. If you’re Munro-bag­ging, Scot­land’s most southerly tick is Ben Lomond, just a 30-minute cross­ing on the Rowar­den­nan ferry from Luss to its base (spring to au­tumn only). There are 21 more Mun­ros to bag in the Na­tional Park, and some smaller but no less dra­matic Cor­betts, such as The Cob­bler, wait­ing to be ex­plored.

For his­tor­i­cal finds

3 Although the signs of set­tle­ment of the area date back 5000 years in the form of the ar­ti­fi­cial is­lands cre­ated as loch dwellings called crannogs, the be­gin­ning of the vil­lage of Luss it­self dates back to me­dieval times. Grave­stones in the church­yard are thought to date back to as early as the 7th cen­tury. The in­fa­mous ‘High­land clear­ances’ were thought to have started here. In 1749 black-faced sheep were so suc­cess­fully in­tro­duced to a farm in Luss that it changed the face of farm­ing in Scot­land – peo­ple were forced by landown­ers to sell their cat­tle, and evac­u­ate their homes and crofts. There’s a 1.5-mile Her­itage Trail walk from Luss that takes in some of the best his­tor­i­cal sights.

To soak up vil­lage life

4 Much of the draw of Luss is the quaint houses that were built in the 1800s by pow­er­ful landown­ers, and these now have con­ser­va­tion sta­tus. The vil­lage at­tracts plenty of tourists, so although some of the boat ser­vices and wa­ter sports do not op­er­ate in win­ter, it’s the best time to avoid the crowds. There are two fab cafés, the Coach House and The Vil­lage Rest (which also do evening meals), and a pub, the Loch Lomond Arms, for all the re­fresh­ments you need.

For a view with a room

5 For a cute lit­tle vil­lage, Luss has a sur­pris­ing va­ri­ety of ac­com­mo­da­tion. En­joy the ul­ti­mate hit of lux­ury, with moun­tain and loch-view bal­conies at the Lodge on the Lomond, or look for a more bud­get op­tion at the Inn, a range of B&Bs, Airbnb cab­ins, cot­tages and rooms. The Luss camp­site is only open from spring to au­tumn.

On Ben Lomond, look­ing over Loch Lomond and the Luss Hills.

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