Never mind the high road or the low road – take the water to the 2013 Luss Loch Lomond Highland Gathering. The Loch Lomond ferries are running Gathering specials direct to Luss from Balmaha, Rowardennan, Balloch and Tarbet. That won’t half add magic to the occasion. If you arrive by water your ferry ticket gets you half price at the gate to the Gathering.
One of Scotland’s oldest highland games , the Luss Gathering got a ‘reel boost’ when a fund raising ceilidh at the award winning Loch Lomond Arms Hotel brought in over £1200.
More than 80 of the small Luss community turned out in late May for the ceilidh which saw Games Treasurer Stuart McKeown and his Ceilidh Band entertain the crowd with sets of traditional – and not so traditional – tunes, taking many of the revellers back to the days of the Highlanders Institute in Glasgow.
Anne Paterson, Secretary of Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering, says: ‘It was a great evening, mixing tradition and nostalgia with contemporary fun, even some Gangnam style ceilidh.
‘A very big thank you must go to Stuart and his band who really made the night, and to everyone at the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel for the use of their facilities and their efficient and friendly service. Thanks also go to everyone who came along to support the Gathering, helping us raise much needed funds.’
Continuing a tradition dating back more than 130 years, the Gathering takes place on Saturday 6th of July, with an array of traditional ‘Highland Heavy’ events, athletics and cycling competitions, alongside highland dancing and bagpipe contests. Each year, it attracts thousands of visitors to the picturesque village of Luss on Loch Lomond.
Now, for 2013, visitors will be able to arrive by ferry, transported by special sailings across Loch Lomond on the new ‘Gathering’ sailings by Cruise Loch Lomond and Sweeney’s Cruises, with half price games entry for ferry passengers.
The loch routes to the Gathering were ready to be launched last year, but the 2012 Gathering had to be cancelled due to exceptionally wet weather that left the field unusable.
This means that 2013 will be the first time visitors to the games can arrive by water, linking communities across the loch.
Anne Paterson says: ‘Historically, Luss Gathering has always attracted people from across all of Loch Lomond’s communities. The ferries and waterbus now enable those who live across the water to join us for the day, arriving in style, missing the traffic and saving half price at the gate.’