What was wrong with the ‘Colquhoun Arms’ name? …

Comment posted Loch Lomond Arms Hotel opens the high road to Luss in July by Robert Wakeham.

What was wrong with the ‘Colquhoun Arms’ name? – I thought that changing original pub / inn / hotel names to something considered more marketable was a peculiarly English affliction, but apparently not – unless the previous name was synthetic, which seems unlikely.

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    I think that there’s a great deal of awareness of this lifestyle – and I think that talk of the now depopulated glens having once been fertile is disguising the stark fact that a lot of places weren’t that fertile at all – small pockets of fertility at the best, and unable on their own to support the inhabitants.
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  • Trees for Life awarded £80k for conservation projects in Glen Affric
    MM, I think you’ll find that most bothies were once home to a family – but they’re mostly in remote places where it would be very difficult to scratch a living off the land these days, unless you could supplement your tiny income with some other full time occupation.
    It’s true some crofters do just that – but in places as remote and infertile as Athnamulloch?

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8 Responses to What was wrong with the ‘Colquhoun Arms’ name? …

  1. What was wrong with the ‘Colquhoun Arms’ name? – I thought that changing original pub / inn / hotel names to something considered more marketable was a peculiarly English affliction, but apparently not – unless the previous name was synthetic, which seems unlikely.

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    • It will probably still be known locally as the Colquhoun Arms, however, I’ve been told that with the new opening they want to get a fresh start and previous people who ran the pub had let the place get a poor reputation.

      Now that Luss Estates have taken it back over and spent a hefty bit of money on it, a wee name change doesn’t seem to big a deal.

      Locally, the worry is how much a pint will cost!!!

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  2. It is wonderful news to hear that this hotel will be re-opening and have a name that will attract tourists. The fact that there is a local history attached to the developers and that the blot on the landscape will be no more is just a joy. I love Luss and have missed the hotel facility over the years for a meal or coffee. We will definitely be visiting on our road from Strone to Glasgow. Good luck with this exciting addition to the West of Scotland.

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  3. Hi there, it’s great to hear that there is another hotel opening soon , I aml looking for a job maybe 1 to 2 days a week !!! I have a svq in cookery and I hold a full driving licence my age is 52,,,, and I know I could do a good job for you and I would be reliable!!! Maybe you might think this is silly but!!!! It’s worth a shot ,,, hopefully I hear from you yours sincerely Flora Robb

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