Loch Lomond Local Customs

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    Take the High Road to Glendarroch

    by scottishvisitor Updated Aug 12, 2009

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    Glendarroch was a fictional village in a Soap Opera screened by Scottish Television from February 1980 until April 2003. The show was called 'Take the High Road' and featured the houses and the Church in Luss as well as the dramatic scenery of Loch Lomond. In the picture you can see the Glendarroch Tea Room which used to be the Garage in the show. Although I wasn't an avid fan of this programme, the site of the 'garage' made Luss so familiar for me I half expected to meet the old bat Mrs. Mac around every corner!

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    Clan Crest & Motto

    by scottishvisitor Updated Aug 12, 2009

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    Way back in history in 1424 The Clan Chief, John 10th. of Luss was ordered by King James l to seize the closely guarded Dumbarton Castle. The Chief answered 'Si Je Puis' translated into English 'If I can' The Chief and his clansmen hid in a wood outside the castle gates. Seeing a Red Stag they lured it towards the gates, chasing the animal with two greyhounds. The starving garrison in the castle opened the gates to try and capture the stag. This gave the clansmen the opportunity to storm the castle and re take it from the Lennox clan to give back to the King. Remarkably no one was killed during the attack. Today the Clan Crest bears a Stag's Head with the motto 'Si Je Puis' which goes to show if you don't try you won't succeed.

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    A Soldier's Lament

    by scottishvisitor Updated Aug 9, 2009

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    The War Memorial which stands on the Main Street in Luss reminded me of the origins of the song ' By Yon Bonnie Banks' the original words spoke of two of Bonnie Prince Charlies men who were captured after the failed uprising in 1745 at Carlise. One of the young soldiers was executed and the other freed. The spirit of the dead soldier travelled the low road back to Scotland while the other, to avoid further capture took the road through high rugged country.
    By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes,
    Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
    Where me and my true love were ever wont to gae,
    On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond.
    Chorus

    O ye’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak’ the low road,
    And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye.
    But wae is my heart until we meet again
    On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond.

    ‘Twas there that we parted in yon shady glen,
    On the steep, steep side o’ Ben Lomond.
    Where in deep purple hue, the hieland hills we view,
    And the moon comin’ out in the gloamin’.

    The wee birdies sing and the wild flowers spring,
    And in sunshine the waters are sleeping:
    But the broken heart, it kens nae second spring again,
    Tho’ the waefu’ may cease from their greeting.

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    Check out the gardens...

    by bicycle_girl Written Oct 9, 2003

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    Around Loch Lomond, especially close to Luss, check out some really nice private gardens. Some peope really got a green thumb out there...

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