You might have read my previous post about our visit to the beautiful Cameron House on Loch Lomond. During our stay, we thought we’d hire some bikes and cycle to the nearest place to the hotel, Luss. Google Maps had said it was about half an hour, but when we hired the bikes from Lomond Shores, we were told it was more like double that. Thanks Google Maps! At which point Tim asked if I could actually ride a bike! Cheeky git! And when my mum called to say ‘Happy Birthday’, she nearly choked with laughter when I told her our plans for the day. There’s a theme here…To be fair I hadn’t been on a bike since I was about 11 years old in Yorkshire when my friends and I used to practically live on them. But after nearly 20 years (blimey) I was pleased to say I could ride it, although it took some getting used to (and I had an extremely sore bum at the end of it, I clearly hadn’t got the balance right!)
The cycle map said that the path ran right alongside the loch, so we were expecting it to be a very picturesque cycle, but it turned out most of it ran alongside the main road, which was a wee bit misleading! Fortunately there were some pretty places to see en-route, such as Aldochlay, a quaint hamlet opposite the island of Inchtavannach and just south of Luss, with beautiful views.
And there was some gorgeous scenery which I just had to stop for on the way.
However we eventually arrived in Luss, an 8 mile journey from Loch Lomond Shores.
Luss is a beautiful conservation village – a settlement has stood on this site since medieval times although much of the current village dates from the 18th and 19th centuries, having been developed to house workers from nearby slate quarries. Adorable cottages line the narrow street, which leads down onto a beach with unbelievable panoramic views.
I’d seen pictures of the 19th century parish church, with a ceiling made from Scots pine rafters and some beautiful Victorian stained-glass windows. We would have paid it a visit but there was actually a wedding taking place as we arrived – what a place for a wedding!
We parked up our bikes outside the Luss Seafood Bar where we tucked into a delicious platter of mackerel pate, prawns, smoked salmon, dressed crab and oysters.
You can find out more about Luss Seafood Bar on their website here. Weirdly the website says it’s open from 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday but we went on a Friday and it was open, so I’d recommend calling in advance. They also have a shop adjoining the restaurant with handcrafted products made lovingly by local craftspeople.
There isn’t a huge amount to do in Luss, but it’s definitely worth visiting – there’s a hotel called the Loch Lomond Arms if you fancy staying the night in this lovely village. You can also take the boat taxi from Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch which runs throughout the day.