Luss, Scotland

Luss, Scotland

September 2017

A short drive of 20 minutes from Balloch, takes us to the scenic village of Luss located on the west bank of Loch Lomond. This small village was established in the 18th and 19th century and has a row of quaint cottages that you would walk through as you make your way to the loch shore. Luss, just off the highway is a convenient stop for tourist heading north towards the highland region. An allocation of half hour would suffice for some picturesque photos here.

Luss, Scotland

A little bit of Luss.

Luss, Scotland

No, you do not get a chance to park besides the residential cottages. Those are the resident’s vehicles.

Some of the lovely cottages in Luss. It’s located just on this short ‘un-named’ street leading to the shore of Loch Lomond.

Luss, Scotland

Luss, ScotlandLuss, ScotlandLuss, ScotlandLuss, ScotlandLuss, Scotland

Luss, Scotland

The short street leading to Loch Lomond shore and pier.

Luss, Scotland

Loch Lomond shore.

Luss, Scotland

The pier at Luss for water activities.

Luss, Scotland

On the pier looking towards the street and the lovely cottages.

Luss, Scotland

Water activities available at the pier.

Luss, Scotland

Luss pier.

Luss, Scotland

Loch Lomond Arms at the entrance of the street.

Loch Lomond Arms overlooking the hill.

Luss, Scotland

B&B on the same street of the cottages.

Luss, Scotland

Autumn leaves along the street.

Luss, Scotland

Tree planted by villagers of Luss to commemorate the longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

Luss, Scotland

Luss village hall.

Other posts from this blog :

Balloch, Scotland

Balloch, Scotland

September 2017

We checked-out of Ibis hotel early at 7:30 a.m. on the second day of our road-trip. As per itinerary, we will be ending our day at Fort Williams with a traveling distance of about 150 miles.Today will be the start of our Scottish Highlands exploration after visiting the town & village of Balloch & Luss, two convenient stops along the way.

Firstly we headed north to the town of Balloch. This is a small town at the foot of Loch Lomond. Arriving 45 minutes later, we proceeded to Loch Lomond pier to have a morning view of Loch Lomond. Here you’ll be able to see the ‘Maid of the Loch’, a paddle steamer built in 1953 moored at the pier. Aboard, the ‘Maid’ has tea room for tea, coffee, soft drinks as well as hot and cold snacks and home-baked cakes.

balloch

The Loch Lomond Steamship Co, who takes care of the ‘Maid’ to this day.

balloch

The ‘Maid’ as seen from the pier.

balloch

All of the 191 feet of the ‘Maid’ from across the ‘Loch Lomond Shores’, a small mall.

Balloch, Scotland

Morning view of Loch Lomond.

balloch

A peek through the trees into Loch Lomond.

balloch

Guide map of ‘Loch Lomond Shore’ comprising of a mall, aquarium, cafe, etc.

balloch

A bit of write-up on ‘Loch Lomond Shores’.

balloch

Walkway from the parking area to the mall. Autumn leaves evident.

balloch

Shops in the mall still closed as we arrived too early.

balloch

The building housing the aquarium.

balloch

Ticket booth for water activity at the Loch.

balloch

Jetty for the water activity with the ‘Maid’ on the other side of the bank. Tickets for the ‘Maid’ is at the pier.

We took a bit of time to drive around Balloch town to see it’s dwellings and the houses seems to be modern but a little smaller in size compared to houses back home. Hereafter, we left Balloch for the town of Luss a further 9 miles north.

balloch balloch balloch balloch

Other posts from this blog :

buchanan street

Glasgow, Scotland

September 2017

By late afternoon we left Falkirk Wheel headed for Ibis Budget, Glasgow our hotel for the night. On the way, we stopped by Glasgow Green, a park in the east end of Glasgow. It is a 55 hectares (136 acres) park and is the oldest of the city’s parks situated on the north bank of the River Clyde. Here you’ll find St Andrew’s suspension bridge built in 1855. It is a wrought iron suspension bridge and the only interest to us is it looks great being photographed!

St Andrew's suspension bridge

The bridge on the side of Adelphi street.

St Andrew's suspension bridge

Beautifully maintained after all this years.

St Andrew's suspension bridge

The bridge on the side of Glasgow Green.

St Andrew's suspension bridge

Plaque on Glasgow Green side.

Glasgow, Scotland

Overlooking river Clyde & Glasgow city from the bridge.

Glasgow, Scotland

Welcome to Glasgow Green.

Glasgow, Scotland

Part of the Glasgow Green park.

Glasgow, Scotland

Nelson’s Monument in the park.

Located at Springfield Quay, this will be our first time be staying at Ibis Budget Hotel. It’s sort of away from Glasgow city centre. The hotel floor starts on the 6th, and guest are entitled to free parking. The building incorporates a multi level car park for what seems to be unattended. Although lighted during the night, the car park gives an ‘unsecured’ feeling. Nothing happened however when we checked-out the next morning.

Check-in was effortless but the lift from the car park up to the hotel level is confusing. The room is a little smallish but clean. In what seems to be a little oddly designed, the wash basin is ‘exposed’ to the room and away from the shower whilst the toilet is in its own closet.

Ibis Budget Glasgow

Ibis Budget, Glasgow. Located at Springfield Quay. Free parking provided.

Ibis Budget Glasgow

The rather compact room.

Ibis Budget Glasgow

CTV by the corner of the room. Ample 240v power sockets to charge your devices.

Ibis Budget Glasgow

The shower cubical and the exposed wash basin outside the cubical.

Ibis Budget Glasgow

Toilet in a separate closet. No water pipes here.

Once freshen up, we took a bus on the other side of the hotel facing the main road to Glasgow city centre. You can take bus no. 9 or 10 and you would want to disembark at Buchanan bus station. You’ll take the same bus for your return journey and get off at Paisley Road bus stop. The adult single bus fare is £1.40 payable to the bus driver.

Disembarking at the Buchanan bus station, you’ll get a chance to see The Clyde clock. It is a 20 foot high stainless steel clock, suspended on two long legs made to seem like they are in motion, running to get somewhere. Across the road, is the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Walking around this building will bring you to Buchanan Galleries and the start of Buchanan street.

buchanan street

The Clyde clock in-front of Buchanan Bus Station.

buchanan street

The Glasgow Royal concert hall opposite Buchanan bus station.

buchanan street

Buchanan Galleries back-to-back to the concert hall.

Buchanan Street is one of the main shopping areas in Glasgow. Although Edinburgh is the capital, Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland. Buchanan street forms the central stretch of Glasgow’s famous shopping district with a generally more upmarket range of shops.

buchanan street

The busy Buchanan street.

buchanan street

Buchanan street is pedestrian boulevard.

buchanan street

The shopping street in Glasgow.

buchanan street

Hard Rock Cafe located on Buchanan street.

buchanan street

No doubt where we are.

buchanan street

Tribute to Nelson Mandela.

buchanan street

Allsaints & their signature display of sewing machines from floor to ceiling.

buchanan street

Princes Square shopping mall.

Within the vicinity of Ibis Hotel, one will be able to see the ‘Clyde Arc’, a road bridge spanning river Clyde that flows behind Nando’s. Quite an interesting form of a curved bridge design that crosses the river at an angle and providing Glasgow with an interesting landmark. A great place to walk and take photos of the surrounding.

glasgow, scotland

The ‘Clyde Arc’ over river Clyde. Photographed behind Nando’s nearby our hotel.

glasgow, scotland

On the opposite side, the Kingston bridge.

Other posts from this blog :

1 4 5 6 7 8 89