ADVENTURES IN LUSS AND LOCH LOMOND
Loch Lomond is both a beautiful example of Scottish scenery and the go-to destination for thrill-seekers in the area.
Alongside Loch Lomond, resting on the western shore, sits the scenic village of Luss. It’s a popular stop for those wanting to explore more of the Loch Lomond area. Charming rows of cottages from the 18th and 19th centuries wind down to the shores of Scotland’s famous loch. With the impressive Ben Lomond towering behind, it’s one of the prettiest views in Scotland.
Loch Lomond, combined with the Trossachs National Park, is the gateway to the west of Scotland, and I love driving through this area as I venture up the country. There are several routes you can take. These include the fast-paced journey north through Callander and the upper corner of the Trossachs, and the more leisurely route west around Loch Lomond itself. Time permitting, I’d opt to go via the second route taking in Luss!
Although small, Luss offers plenty of places to stop off at for some refreshment on your journey. It has a quaint village shop, cafés, restaurants, and the wonderful Luss Smokehouse. Here, you can buy salmon and trout (smoked in-house) to take on the road to sample on the banks of Loch Lomond before you head off.
The photogenic pier provides panoramic views of the loch, and there are plenty of picnic spots on the grass at Luss – there’s even a small beach to wander along!
For those looking for something a bit more adventurous, there are a multitude of activities you can get involved with out on the water. Loch Lomond Leisure offers a great range of experiences to enjoy like paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing. The calm waters of the loch mean that these watersports are open to all levels from beginner to thrill-seeker!
If it takes your fancy, you can hire gear to help you go out and explore the stunning expanse of the loch by venturing further out towards the islands found in the centre. However, to really make the most of this adventure, I’d recommend taking a guided tour. Wetsuits are available!
For those seeking a real adrenaline burst, you can waterski or wakeboard here, as speedboats are allowed on the loch. There is a range of local companies offering all sorts of high-octane activities. Personally, though, I prefer a leisurely paddle on a calm loch!
If you’re keen to stay dry or prefer the scenic route, then a boat tour might be more your style. For a picturesque cruise passing the islands in the middle of Loch Lomond, take the Sweeny’s Cruise Co. trip from Luss to Balmaha. It’s just 30 minutes one way, allowing you the chance to disembark from the boat to explore before making the return journey.
If you have more time, take a half day trip with the Island Explorer Cruise to beautiful Inchcailloch – an island in the middle of Loch Lomond. I would recommend taking some tasty salmon from the Luss Smokehouse or a seafood hamper from the Luss Seafood bar and savouring a picnic on the sandy shore. The National Nature Reserve has walks through the woodland with the chance of seeing local wildlife like deer and otters.
Luss is the perfect stop off on your Edinburgh trip if you’re after a quick cup of coffee, or want to stay and explore the variety of water-based activities. It’s great for adventurers and photographers alike. It’s my favourite stop along the routes around Loch Lomond, with its natural beauty and delicious smoked salmon!