The historic village of Luss lies on the western shore of Loch Lomond, is easily accessible from Glasgow (28miles) via the A82, yet sits quietly at the heart of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, one of Scotland's most magnificent scenic areas.
Luss is the signature village of Loch Lomond's western shores and surrounding area. It has a fascinating history (see below) and is well established as the number one place to visit when touring the world-famous Loch Lomond region.
There is a fine hotel/restaurant, The Loch Lomond Arms, just a few of minutes' walk from Craigton Smiddy, and a host of other venues for eating out are all within easy walking distance.
The village has a coffee shop, a general store a wonderful pier stretching over the loch itself. From the pier there are boat trips available to Balmaha and Balloch and some great watersports activities are available nearby. There is also a popular beach next to the pier.
Luss is gifted with an abundance of fantastic walks of varying distances both along the lochside or directly into the beautiful hills that rise up from the western side the village.
A new addition has been a petrol station, important for visitors staying in Luss who want to fill up quickly before setting off to explore further afield in the National Park and beyond.
Everything in the village can be reached within a 5 minute walk from Craigton Smiddy, which sits on the southern edge of the village.
The village was originally known as Clachan Dhu and has been occupied since medieval times.
Around 500AD, an Irish missionary, St Kessog, arrived at Loch Lomond and brought Christianity with him.
There are a few stories as to how the village was renamed Luss, but the favourite involves St Kessog being martyred. After his death, his body was embalmed with sweet herbs which grew and covered his grave - this led to the village being renamed Luss (Lus is Gaelic for herb)
Most of the village you see today was built in the 18th and 19th centuries to house workers of the nearby slate quarries and cotton mill, but there are signs of occupation from much, much earlier, including an 11th century Viking hogback grave in the graveyard of the village church.
The village itself has an exciting location on the banks of Loch Lomond where the view from the pier captures the mighty Ben Lomond to the North and the mysterious Conic hill to the south. There are many activities to enjoy in Luss, including some lovely walks of varying distance and some great opportunities for cycling and water sports.
A short stroll around the village will familiarise the traveller with some wonderful places to eat, drink and relax. There are also a few shops that ensure you don't have to go too far for essentials or little luxuries to make your stay in Luss perfect.
Scotland's first National Park covers an area of 720 sq miles and is full of stunning scenery and unspoilt landscapes.
For those interested in mountain hikes and climbing, there are 21 Munros (mountains above 3,000 feet) in the park, with Ben More being the highest at 3,851 feet and Ben Lomond being the most widely known. There are numerous smaller mountains and hills in the park offering walking and cycling opportunities galore.
The UK's largest body of water, Loch Lomond, is the central feature of the Park and offers outdoor enthusiasts a multitude of watersports activities amongst the most beautiful scenery. In addition to Loch Lomond, the park has over 20 large lochs and numerous small lochs and lochans throughout. There are also over 50 rivers and large burns in the area, making the park ideal for all sorts of angling.
Birdwatchers and wildlife lovers will enjoy the two Forest Parks within the National Park – Queen Elizabeth in The Trossachs and Argyll Forest Park in Cowal.
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park also contains one of the UK's largest National Nature Reserves, The Great Trossachs Forest. In the first 10 years of a re-planting project designed to turn the forest back into a native woodland area, more than 2.5 million trees have been planted. The project is expected to continue for 200 years.
There are numerous towns and villages within the National Park that are well worth a visit whilst staying at Craigton Smiddy.