Clan Colquhoun Visitor and Heritage Centre Opens in Luss, Loch Lomond
The Clan Museum – the Clan Colquhoun Heritage and Visitor Centre in Luss, Loch Lomond, has been officially opened by Sir Malcolm and Lady Colquhoun.
Guests from Friends of Loch Lomond, the National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Association of Visitor Attractions, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and local businesses attended the ceremony which preceded a stroll through the village to witness the visitor experience of Luss.
The Clan Museum is situated in Shore Cottage, the oldest cottage in Luss, thought to date back to the 17th century, in the shadow of Luss Parish Church and overlooking Loch Lomond. The museum is ‘a museum in miniature’ with items to interest all age groups. The centre tells the intertwined history of Luss, the Colquhouns and neighbouring clans.
James Pearson, Clan Historian and Curator, said: “It is hoped the centre will provide visitors with an insight into what makes Luss, Loch Lomond and Scotland unique. It will also provide those with clan connections the opportunity to learn about their history.”
Sir Malcolm Colquhoun commented: “The new museum will greatly add to the visitor attractions in what is surely one of the loveliest and most visited places in Scotland, and I welcome that. The history of the clans and the history of Scotland are so closely intertwined as to be indistinguishable, and our aim is to increase visitors’ awareness of that and of its relevance, not just to the past but to the future as well”.
A number of events, in addition to the Luss Highland Games, are proposed for 2015. They will include a re-enactment and living history group depicting 17th century Highland raids on the Lennox in April, and the Moor & Loch Pony Show in the autumn.
The museum will be open during weekends over winter, although viewings can be arranged by calling 01436 860874.
The museum will be open on a daily basis from 10:00am – 5:00pm during the summer months.
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Jan Pearson: 01436 860874 or email: Jan.Pearson@clancolquhoun.com
Hi-resolution photographs are available on request.
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For more information go to: www.clancolquhoun.com
The lands in the Loch Lomond area have been in the Colquhoun the family since 1150AD, when the lands were granted to the Laird of Luss. The Colquhouns originated at Old Kilpatrick on the River Clyde, and through the marriage of Robert of Colquhoun to the daughter of the Laird of Luss in 1358, the Luss lands came into their hands. The Colquhoun charters to Barony of Colquhoun, which runs eastwards from Dumbarton for six miles towards Glasgow, granted around 1240AD. Since those times, there has been a constant Colquhoun presence in the area.