Date: July 4th aka 🇺🇸 (it was nice to be on holiday this side of the pond)
Day 7 Destination: The village of Luss on the western banks of Loch Lomond. For the purposes of this series of writeups, I shall refer to chaging direction of travel to go to a different part of Scotland as a crossing. As Loch Lomond is in a different region from the Cairngorms, this counts as a crossing.
Day 7 Travel Map:
Costs: £8.60 (bus from Glasgow Central to Luss) + £9 (pitch) = £17.60 ($23.24)
Money saved using Spirit of Scotland Pass: £38.35 (Glasgow – Newtonmore railcard return).
- Few other things get done on days you cross Scotland, I got too tired & went to sleep early.
- Figured out by this time where to keep my hugeass backpack on ScotRail trains based on the train type. On the modern ScotRail trains, the best place to enter a train is the one with the large accessible toilet. The cycle space as well as many folding chairs specifically in that area are used by most people for luggage, specially backpacks.
- Scotland’s bus operators do not know what the remit of the Spirit of Scotland pass is. I had a small argument with the Citylink staff at Glasgow because they state that the intention of the pass is to provide free bus travel where train travel is not possible but even though Luss meets the criteria (9 miles away from closest station), I’d have to pay for my ticket. I took the lesson to fully read & save a screengrab of the “official” rules of the pass. This is just one of the reasons the Spirit of Scotland pass is a bad deal, will have a full blogpost on it soon.
- Loch Lomond is midge country. Infact throughout the whole trip I don’t think I saw a single place with more midges than Loch Lomond. But..
- Loch Lomond is extremely beautiful. My 1st view was under extremely dense cloud but even then, it’s enormity & the mountain backdrop makes it looks great. In our past trips, we had taken the train past Loch Lomond but never stayed over. Luss was the perfect place to base seeing this area from.
This was the last day of the group part of the camping trip. To maximize the amount of time I get with my wife & our friends, I had pre-decided to reset the route of my trip by going back to Glasgow, have a meal & have everyone spread back out to their respective part of the UK.
One of the joys of camping in Scotland is you’re always in close proximity to naturally beautiful areas. As we were not due to take the train out of Newtonmore till 1 PM, we had a mini-picnic alongside the River Spey that flowed just behind the campsite. I personally find sitting by a flowing river very relaxing by myself & a great place to have a conversation with others 🙂 We dipped our fingers in the river, walked around on the pebble banks & took random photos till it was time to pack up.
We all took the train back to Glasgow Central & finished off our mini-keg finally! We’ve been meaning to have a Chop-Chop banquet as a group for a while so we chowed down on a lot of Chinese food before saying our goodbyes. It was especially hard to say goodbye to Yoda as we would not see each other for the next 3 weeks while I solo-camp & she works.
I caught my bus for Luss after dropping her at the airport bus stance. The Citylink bus drops you off on the highway & the campsite was a 15 minute walk (20 min with heavy gear) away. Check-in was easy & my pitch was next to the lake but Good Lord, the midges. Did my quickest pitch ever, took a quick cam pic of Loch Lomond & jumped inside the tent to call it a day. It’s worth noting that my walk eased a lot when I saw this handsome guy just chilling out on the roadside, a good end to the day 🙂