Luss Estates opens unmanned 24 hour filling station in Luss car park – and Arrochar Mountain Rescue was first user

On 25th July Luss Estates announced the opening of Luss Filling Station – an unmanned 24 hour filling station developed with Certas Energy and Tokheim Solutions. Certas Energy and Tokheim Solutions are at the forefront of developing small, unmanned filling stations to provide fuel for rural communities.The first vehicle to use Luss Filling Station was from Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team. There is a strong link between Luss Estates and the Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team [AMRT] as Luss Estates’ dedicated Operations Manager, Charles Johnson, has been an active team member of AMRT for many years.

Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team are an incredibly important resource for visitors to the area and the new facility will be important to their operations..

Looking back, the land on which the AMRT post is sited was gifted by Luss Estates to the order of St John in 2002. The provision of 24 hour fuel in the village of Luss will clearly be an asset to AMRT, alongside with other local organisations, businesses, residents and visitors.

Mike Bignall, Team Leader of Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team: ‘We are a team of 34 volunteers, on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team comprises of men and women from a variety of professions and backgrounds. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and have a shared goal which is the desire to assist anyone who is in distress on the hills.’

Luss is accessed off the A82, a major transport route to the Highlands and Islands. The provision of this new site is a great asset to those travelling north, as the next 24 hour filling station on the A82 is 64 miles (103km) away in Fort William – a hard fact which underlines the importance of this enlightened new facility.

Luss Filling Station will provide Gulf diesel and Gulf unleaded petrol. The facility has been developed on the old filling station site in the carpark in Luss. The old filling station went out of sevice over twenty years ago.

Luss welcomes over 750, 000 visitors every year and the carpark offers space for private vehicles as well as the huge number of tourist coaches which visit the area.

The Luss Strategic Development Framework, published in 2013, highlighted that the Luss Filling Station site represented a development opportunity for the village.

The provision of facilities in the village, such as the filling station, is essential for the survival and growth of rural communities. The report was commissioned and funded by Luss Estates Company and produced by the award- winning urban design and economic development team at Page\Park Architects and Roger Tym Associates, following eighteen months of extensive research and consultation with the local community and key stakeholders including Argyll and Bute Council and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority. It provides a clear roadmap for increasing the number of families in Luss, shifting the balance away from an aging population, sustaining the local primary school and other services, reversing years of economic decline, maximizing the benefits to the village from the huge number of tourist it attracts, and creating a sustainable community.

Sir Malcolm Colquhoun, Chairman of Luss Estates says: ‘It has been a long time coming, but now, after 25 years, Luss has got its filling station back. The latest auto payment technology means that it can remain open 24 hours a day throughout the year, and allows us to maintain competitive pricing, in contrast to many rural filling stations. I am convinced it will be an absolute boon to local businesses, residents and tourists alike, a huge enhancement of what Luss has to offer, and I am delighted that we have been able to bring this project to fruition.’

Luss is one of Scotland’s most visited villages. A combination of spectacular scenery, picture-postcard cottages and its position on the ‘Bonnie Banks’ of Loch Lomond contribute to its enduring popularity with domestic and overseas tourists and day trippers alike.

· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·

Related Articles & Comments

  • A good move – and it joins the considerable number of 24-hour electric car charging points that have been ‘rolled out’ in Argyll in the last few years.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 0

    Robert Wakeham July 28, 2016 8:10 pm Reply
    • But I can’t see many people wanting to drive on the remote roads in Argyll in a battery powered car especially with the long diversions that can suddenly appear for various reasons.

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1

      Lundavra July 29, 2016 11:20 am Reply
  • Great news, but surely the nearest 24 hour station must be Dumbarton rather than Fort William? I know its a bit away, but it is closer than 64 miles from Arrochar

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 1

    Iain McCallum July 29, 2016 12:11 am Reply
  • If you are heading north on A82 from Luss, the next filling station is at Crianlarich, then there’s one at Glen Coe and another at Onich. I always fill up heading home at Dumbarton.

    Not decrying the initiative though and it would be very good if more places could have such a facility.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

    Jade July 29, 2016 10:16 am Reply
    • But are any of those 24 hour?

      You can also get people setting out with enough fuel to reach their destination but then diverted for some reason and finding that they might only just have enough so would feel happier with a couple more gallons in the tank.

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 2

      Lundavra July 29, 2016 11:25 am Reply
    • There are a number of (council?) subsidised unmanned pumps in Highland Council area but it is mainly because it is not economic to run the filling station otherwise and for the benefit of local people in remote locations.

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 2

      Lundavra July 29, 2016 11:28 am Reply
  • Edit to post above, it’s Tyndrum not Crianlarich; Crianlarich has EV chargers! Tyndrum is 24 hours, if I recall correctly – I filled up there after midnight on one horrendous winter trip.

    I take your point about people getting diverted, Lundavra. It’s one of the reasons I and others on the camping forum we belong to always stress the need to have plenty of fuel in the tank. Many visitors venturing into the Highlands and Argyll do not realise that filling stations can be few and far between and that alternative routes can be very long indeed!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

    Jade July 31, 2016 10:30 pm Reply
  • Any further info available on the funding for this…? Tarbert needs a replacement filling station & I feel this fits the bill… What about replacing tanks/on-going maintenance etc…?

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    Ian Sanderson August 19, 2016 10:20 pm Reply

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *