Luss Village, Loch Lomond, Scotland

This evening, I am reporting on the quaint and historic lochside village of Luss which is located just off the main highway between Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands, about 33 miles north of Glasgow. Here can be found small houses with colourful gardens, a historic church, loch-side beach, pier offering panoramic views of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond (mountain) plus shops and refreshment facilities.

Video clip of Luss Village.

Summary information on Luss as follows:

  • History dates back to the 6th century or even earlier. Early Christian missionary, St. Kessog visited in AD 510 and there is a Viking-era burial in the churchyard from the 9th century.
  • The name is derived from the Gaelic for ‘plant’ or ‘herb’.
  • The current church  (Presbyterian) was built 1875 by local Laird,Sir James Colquhoun in memory of his father who had drowned in the Loch in a boating accident.  The church roof is constructed in the shape of an upturned boat in recognition of the drowning event. This is the latest in a long line of Christian places of worship on the site. St. Kessog’s Church is a popular venue for weddings with technology for broadcasting services of all kind around the world via the internet.

Wedding at St Kessog’s Church, Luss.

Luss Church Roof

  • Clan Colquhoun has a connection with Luss dating back to 1346 with the Clan Chief still residing in the area. The Clan Seat of Rossdhu Mansion is now home to a private golf club but can be viewed via boat from the Loch.

Rossdhu Mansion, Loch Lomond.

  • Luss is a founding member of the Green Pilgrimage Network, a prestigious group of sites which includes the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The Pilgrimage Centre is close to and sponsored by the Church.
  • Recreation facilities include cycling, hiking, boat trips and swimming from the beach in summertime.

Diving off Luss Pier, Loch Lomond.

Boating, Loch Lomond, Scotland.

Beach at Luss, loch Lomond, Scotland.

  • For many years Luss was. literally, a film set when used as a backdrop for a T.V. soap named ‘Take the High Road’.
  • Visitor numbers exceed 750,000 each year. The village is exceptionally busy during peak season of July and August.

Viking era ‘hogback’ grave marker at Luss Church Burial Ground.