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Colquhoun Ancestry

Colquhoun Ancestry, Luss, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the Colquhoun Clan based at Luss on the western shore of Loch Lomond. In course of my frequent tour visits to the heritage village of Luss I have encountered the dominance of the Colquhouns in the area. Further research reveals that the name Colquhoun(meaning narrow corner or narrow woodland) dates back to a grant of land by King Alexander II of Scotland in 1246. Consequent on a marriage in 1346 the name became closely associated with the village of Luss and remains so to this day.

In 1603 the Colquhounshad violent disputes with the McGregors culminating in a massacre of the former by the latter and in turn the outlawing of Clan McGregor and subsequent execution of the McGregor hierarchy.

The name Colquhoun has many variants including Cahun,Calhoun, Colquohoun, Cahoon, Cohoon, Colqueran, Colhoun and Cowan. Read more on Colquhoun Ancestry, Luss, Scotland…



Distillery Tour at Auchentoshan, Glasgow

Distillery Tour at Auchentoshan, Glasgow, Scotland

 This morning, I collected my guests from Gleddoch House Hotel and then  proceeded to the two whisky distilleries in close proximity to Glasgow, namely Auchentoshan and Glengoyne.

We duly arrived Auchentoshan at about 1015 in time for the ‘Auchentoshan Experience’ tour which lasts just under two hours and entails tasting of some five single malts. Read more on Glasgow Whisky Tour…



Loch Lomond View

View of Loch Lomond, Scotland

 This evening, I am focusing on Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions and which regularly features in my private tours. Loch Lomond is the largest expanse of freshwater in Great Britain. It is the centrepiece of a national park and is surrounded by mountainous landscapes including Ben Lomond ( 974m).

Loch Lomond represents the meeting point of the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland. The area is a haven for wildlife. More than a quarter of Britain’s plant species thrive here plus a wide array of birds and mammals. 

There is much to appeal to a wide range of visitors with activities including hiking, cycling, fishing,boating, photography and swimming (in summer). It is possible to fly to Loch Lomond by seaplane, a short trip from Glasgow.

One of the key stopping places for tours is the quaint and historic village of Luss which has a church located on a Christian site dating back about 1500 years.

Loch Lomond is associated with the exploits of folk hero, Rob Roy. There is a colony of wallabies on one of the islands in the Loch. Read more on Visit Loch Lomond, Visit Scotland…