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Wednesday, 19 January 2011 11:34

Luss

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Luss (Lus in Gaelic) is a village in Argyll & Bute, Scotland, on the west bank of Loch Lomond.

Historically in the County of Dunbarton, its original name is Clachan dubh, or 'dark village'. Ben Lomond, the most southerly Munro, dominates the view north over the loch, and the Luss Hills rise to the west of the village.

Saint Kessog brought Christianity to Luss in 510 AD, but the present Church of Scotland place of worship was built in 1875 by Sir James Colquhoun, in memory of his father who had drowned in the loch in December 1873. The church is noted for its online services as well as for holding over one hundred weddings per year, most from far outside the parish. Luss is the ancestral home of Clan Colquhoun.

Nowadays Luss is a conservation village, with a bypass carrying the busy A82 trunk road. Many of Luss' cottages are described as 'picturesque'. There is a Kiltmaker and a Bagpipe Works.

In recent years, Luss became famous as a result of being the main outdoor location for the Scottish Television drama series Take the High Road. Despite the fact that the programme is no longer made, Luss still plays up its television connection, and uses its fictional name 'Glendarroch' on some of the buildings.

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.

The Loch Lomond Golf Club, site of the Barclays Scottish Open, is within the village's borders.

About a mile south of the village, in a cove at Aldochlay, is a small figure on a stone plinth. An urban legend evolved that it is a memorial to a child drowned in the loch, but it was in fact erected in 1890 by a local stonemason, who found the statue in a London scrapyard. 'Wee Peter', as he is locally known, was moved to the site after a brief spell near the railway, and has remained there ever since
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