I planned a week of tourism and hill walking in the Southern Highlands of Scotland earlier in the year during May, but could not get accommodation at such short notice. I found a great place to stay (my next post to be published) and negotiated some holiday from work to enable me to visit this area.
As I was driving north on the A82 road, I noticed several views of Loch Lomond through the trees, so I thought I would try and find a place to park and re-connect with a village that I had not seen since I was a child.... from the back seat of my parents car.
Loch Lomond seems to be one of the more well known Scottish Lochs made famous by a song and is one of the largest with a distance of 24 miles by 5 miles at its widest point. For the record, it has 38 islands including a hotel on one and some of the others are inhabited by a few people. It will come as no surprise from what you have observed so far that there are quite a few boats around.
Boat tours on the Loch are quite popular to see the various islands including the back drop of the mountain Ben Lomond. The people on the pier (below) seem to be quite patient waiting for the boat as they can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the view (above)......
......... although I'm not quite sure if this traveller was looking forward to the experience as the owner was purchasing some tickets for the boat and seemed more interested in something on the Loch shore.
Luss village had a street of cottages built in the 18th and 19th century for the slate and cotton workers of that time. Nowadays they still have local people living in them and they are the subject of artists and a magnet for tourists !!
Historically, the village originally had a name of Clachan Dubh which meant "dark village" due to the lack of daylight because of the surrounding hills particularly in winter. I was certainly struggling with the light for the camera today due to the amount of threatening clouds at times.
|window example in the conservation street|
Lastly, It's sad that the hunters of Scottish wildlife who no doubt braved the cold, wet and windy moors see the remains of their work ending up outside a tourist shop by the pier ... as coat hangers !!