Welcome to Luss Visitor Centre
Welcome to the historical village of Luss, here on the banks of
Loch Lomond. To our visitor/information centre and cafe
on the Loch side.
Our cafe, ‘Purdies’ is a family run business which started 6
years ago after an accident left my father Gavin disabled! Mother of 4 Denice Purdie has had to support the family and soon turned to the skills acquired from her grandmother, herbalist, Sadie Cunningham. Soon Purdies was created. Starting at home Denice had created Scotland’s first organic, body products company here in Argyll. Now a national award winning company, as well as gaining Denice the title of “Scottish entrepreneur of the year” with shops expanding to Oban, Inveraray, Dunoon and an online site www.purdies.org which also service's some of Scotland’s top rated hotels.
Denice has worked closely with her sons and passed down many of her family recipes and skills in both plants and food. Antonio, only 24 years of age, now runs the restaurant here in one of the West of Scotland’s busiest tourist destinations. He is passionate about food and goes to great lengths to source only the freshest of ingredients but that’s not enough! He looks for a quality which resembles his family ethos, a pride in quality, attention to detail, local production and a care for the surrounding area, companies who employ locals so they can sustain a living close to their own family ties. It was this ethos which won his mother so much credit and to which Antonio is proud to retain.
A TASTE OF ARGYLL
VENISON BURGERS - We sourse our finest quality venison burgers from the award winning Mr Winston Churchill, here in Argyll, this way we know exactly what you are eating and your food has not travelled very far as they are located in Strachur on the next Loch at Loch Fyne.
FROM NET TO PLATE- Yes we can even give you the names of the fishermen who caught your haddock last night from THE SUNBEAM BOAT again from Loch Fyne.
MILK & EGGS - We source all these from our local farmer at muirheads of Alexandria who deliver fresh milk daily right to our doorstop.
CAKES- This is where my Mother comes in handy-Yip she makes them
all from scratch! She even uses her own free range hens Belina, Mary and
Vivian. She makes really amazing 2 and 3 layered sponges and the good news is she is now teaching my fiancee how to bake them!
ICE-CREAM-Coming from a half Italian/ scottish family, most people are amazed that I sell Mackies ice-cream but I truly believe it's the best of the best. A family run buisness, Mackies use their own jersey cows and even grow their own crops to feed their animals.
We offer a full information service of the surrounding areas and we are available for bookings etc! We provide food, hot/cold drinks, toilets, and exhibition centre with an incorporated small cinema showing a video of the stunning Loch Lomond.
Car parking is available right outside our front door and we have a beautiful Loch view!