At the southern end of Loch Lomond is Balloch, the most touristy of the towns and villages around the lake. It grew up on the River Leven, where the water leaves Loch Lomond and flows south to the Clyde. Today, Balloch is visited chiefly by those wanting to take boat trips on Loch Lomond; these sail in season from Balloch Pier.
The village of Luss, 14km (8 2/3 miles) north of Balloch on A82 on the western side of Loch Lomond, is the traditional home of the Colquhouns. Among its stone cottages, on the water's edge, is a branch of the Highland Arts Studios of Seil. Cruises on the loch and boat rentals may be arranged at a nearby jetty.
If your travels in Scotland inspire you to put on a kilt and blow your own set of bagpipes, stop by Thistle Bagpipe Works (tel. 01436/860-250; www.kiltsandbagpipes.co.uk), in the center of Luss. Here, not only can you order custom-made bagpipes but you can also purchase a clan kilt to go with the instrument. Your neighbors back home will be thrilled.
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