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The Old Luss Road

Start location: B832 (NS 314 842)
End location: shore, Craigendoran (NS 312 810)
Geographical area: Strathclyde and Lanarkshire
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 4km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

Start up the Old Luss Road until you get to Winston Road at NS 309 827 where there is a pedestrian tarmacced path that runs along the side of some housing.  Soon you cross another road when the path becomes a rough track with a stile and leads uphill between whin hedges through Helensburgh golf course. Once past the course the track enters a nice piece of mixed woodland.  It then opens out with a couple of styles and gates and there are good views of Loch Lomond to the right before you reach another style on to the B832 just opposite the entrance to Glen Fruin.

OS Landranger 56 (Loch Lomond & Inverary area) and 63 (Firth of Clyde area)

Heritage Information

This is the old road to Luss, it can be seen on the Ordnance Survey 6" first edition map (surveyed in 1860) running past Daligan, first crossing then joining the present B832 from Helensburgh. This latter road is likely to be later, probably dating from after Helensburgh was founded in 1776 by Sir Ian Culquhoun of Luss, and it runs into the heart of the town as Sinclair Street, almost to the foot of Helensburgh's pier. However the Old Luss Road ran not to Helensburgh, but to Craigendoran, where south-east of its present day derelict piers there was once a ferryhouse and a pier for another earlier ferry.

It is fascinating to see the Old Luss Road depicted in old postcards as there were very often connotations of romance associated with it.  This is presumably because once the road fell out of use it became a fairly quiet place for young people to tryst.

 

 



 

 

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