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.