blog | 03 May 24

Luss - Scotlands prettiest village

One of the most instagrammable villages in Scotland, with its identical slate roofed cottages, iconic pier and golden beach, its no wonder people love taking photos. 
Luss Village


This beautiful little village is probably one of the most photographed villages in Scotland. It’s a must visit if you are coming to Loch Lomond.


Lodge on Loch Lomond – amazing views over the water from their loch side restaurant

Loch Lomond Arms Hotel – a 17th century coaching Inn recently renovated with a beautiful and cosy interior

Photo:Loch Lomond Arms Hotel 

The Coach House Coffee shop – lunch and coffee stop with delicious soup and sandwiches and a small gift shop.

The Village Rest – serving breakfast through to dinner this comfortable and friendly café serves delicious homemade dishes.

Luss Village Shop/post office – selling pretty much everything you’ll need on a day out including takeaway breakfast rolls, freshly made sandwiches, hot food, artisan coffee and cake.

Photo: Luss Village Shop 


Luss General Store – a lovely collection of stylish Scottish gifts, from handbags to gift cards, local gin to Scottish soaps and candles.

Photo: Luss General Store

Luss Village Shop – from midge spray, postcards, groceries to books on the area its hard to find something this well stocked shop doesn’t sell.


Take a walk past the pretty Luss Church, the third church built on this site, with its beautiful stained glass windows and uniquely timbered roof. The ancient graveyard has 15 listed ancient monuments.

Photo: Luss Church 


A recently built wooden playpark is a great addition to the village situated beside the village green.

Loch Lomond Faerie trail – a magical walk around the woods of Luss finding faerie houses and hidden secrets. Visitors to the Faerie trail also get free entry to Luss Faerie Tale Farm.

Photo: Loch Lomond Faerie Trail 

Beach and Pier walk – the much photographed Luss Pier is the departure point for many of our cruises. Take a walk or a paddle at the beach and enjoy the incredible scenery.


If you arrive by car from the A82 there are 2 large car parks to choose from. Either in the main car park at the centre of the village beside the Luss Village Shop or beside the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel. Both are pay car parks.

Hope this helps with your day out at Loch Lomond! 





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Sail from Balmaha and spend time in the beautiful conservation village of Luss on the western shore of Loch Lomond with its famous beach and places to eat.



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We welcomed @scotlands_stories on board with us last week and here’s their story of their time on Inchcailloch Island…..‘ How can I get a picture with this view of Loch Lomond?’ I hear you ask! Well, while everybody else is on the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond, you're going to need to get yourself to Inchcailloch, one of the 22 islands in the middle. Molly and I took the scenic journey by booking a trip with @cruiselochlomond which left from the wee village of Luss on the west bank. The trip took a wee tour around the loch with expert commentary on some of the other islands along the way. No wallabies to be seen, but the Ospreys were out and about! Inchcailloch has been on my bucketlist for a while and it didn't disappoint, especially on a day like this. It's not a huge island, but there's still stories to discover. Buried in the undergrowth, but easy to find, you'll come across a ruined church and a jumble of old gravestones. This is the church of St Kentigerna, the mother of St Fillan who allegedly established a little chapel on this site in the 8th century. Inchcailloch is said to be named after her, translating as the island of the old woman or cowled woman meaning a nun! Amazing to think this was once a parish church and locals would row across the loch every Sunday up until 1621, true dedication. If you can read through the moss then you'll find a lot of Macfarlanes and Macgregors buried here, including Rob Roy's uncle once the Macgregor Clan Chief. After a couple hours of wandering the forest tracks and climbing to the summit of this little hill for the panorama, we still had an hour before Cruise Loch Lomond came to get us. Plenty of time for a wee dip in the shallow bay at Port Brawn, much needed for both Molly and I to cool off. This was easily up there with one of the most enjoyable things I've done all year and hopefully it's convinced you to get out there the next time you're visiting Loch Lomond and explore! It can get busy so book ahead and you can look through a range of boat trips like this through the @stirlingalive website - I reckon Molly would agree that this summer, happiness is a bookable experience!

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