It doesn't get more quintessentially Scottish than Luss. Set on the shores of Loch Lomond, and neatly tucked away from the main roads, Luss is a small town full of tiny cottages and beautiful gardens.
Luss is a conservation village, and site of the current village has been inhabited since the medieval times. The unique houses were built in the 18th and 19th century for workers in the nearby slate quarries. While small, the houses are beautifully cared for.
The Luss Parish Church is a beautiful building, with a rambling graveyard surrounding it. Some of the stones may date to the 7th century, and some of the stones are flat in the ground with the names worn away. Most interesting though is the hogback Viking stone (seen below) that is unique to Britain.
The current church building was erected in 1875. Sadly, it was locked so we couldn't peer inside, but the stained glass windows on the outside looked absolutely lovely.
Apparently, there is a water taxi service that connects Luss with Balloch. Perhaps, that would be a beautiful summer trip, up the Loch to Luss for a brief walk about and then return trip.
Recommendations: go during the off season for maximum pictures with minimal people. It was a clear, crisp day and there was hardly anyone about the village. Also, stop into the store, grab a cuppa and take it around. Few things are better than enjoying a hot cuppa on a cold day. There is a restaurant near the shoreline that I've been told keeps a roaring fire on the cold days (and we could smell the woodsmoke) and Loch Lomond Arms also provides tasty food, I've been informed. There is plenty to see and walk around, so take an afternoon and soak up the lovely views!