This evening, being well into the cold and grey early winter, I have decided to focus on some Scottish colour and vibrancy as manifested in some of the private gardens I encounter in my tours around Scotland.

In particular, there is a heritage village called Luss (the name is Gaelic for ‘herb’) on the banks of Loch Lomond where the residents seem to compete to produce the most attractive gardens. The folks who live there are mainly seniors so maybe they have the requisite  time to produce the magnificent displays as shown below. The Luss displays whilst certainly not alone in Scotland are, perhaps, the impressive in such a concentrated area.

Luss attracts tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of visitors each year because it is conveniently situated on a main tourist route just north of Glasgow and offers opportunities to visit Loch Lomond, the heritage village itself plus a historic church which was an early centre of Christianity in Scotland founded by St. Kessog in the 6th century.There is also a 9th century Viking burial in the churchyard. Good all round photo opportunities when the weather is right!

This first image is actually from Eaglesham, south of Glasgow which caught my eye during a recent visit to the village.

Eaglesham

The following images were taken in and around Luss.

Luss

Luss

Luss

Luss

Elsewhere today, I have:

  • Helped a gent with a enquiry concerning his Glasgow family history.
  • Designed an itinerary for a prospective battlefields tour of Scotland for a group from the Army.
  • Undertaken more work on a prospective Clan themed tour for a large group for next year.
  • Received favourable feedback in regard to an itinerary I submitted for a private,custom tour of Scotland for 2011.
  • Posted information on Smith family history to my Glasgow Ancestry blog. The pater familias is described as a (Victorian era) crucible manufacturer which affords an interesting insight into Glasgow’s industrial past.
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