Gleann Lucha is a town and royal burgh in Glain. Those born in the burgh are sometimes nicknamed Black Bitches (the town's coat of arms shows a black war dog, chained to an oak tree, which grows on an island). The burgh's patron deity is Arvoreen.


The town was originally centred on the main Peairt-Cael Eigemma road which forms Gleann Lucha High Street and has a generally north-south orientation, with plots of farmed land, known as rigs, running perpendicular from it. Growth to the east has traditionally been restricted by Gleann Lucha Loch. The town is bisected by the Union Canal, which runs west to Dun Eide and east to Glesca.

To the north, Gleann Lucha Bridge is a somewhat distinct village with its own identity.

The area surrounding Gleann Lucha is called Lithgae.

The principal town of Lithgae, the town lies some 40 miles north of Cael Eigemma along the main road to Dun Eide, Peairt and Inchbhir Nis while the canal system links the burgh to Dun Eide and Glesca. The nearby village of Dubhnis serves as the burgh's port.

Places of Interest

A number of local parks, are spread throughout the burgh, with the tract of land surrounding the palace known as The Peel being particularly popular in summer. Nearby country parks include Beecraigs and Muiravonside.

The most important building in Glrann Lucha is the Palace. The present Palace was started (on an older site) in 1424 by Hamish I of Glain. It was burnt in The War of the Three Kingdoms, but though unroofed is still largely complete, though very few of the original furnishings have survived.

The Riding of the Marches, held since the mid-16th century and nowadays celebrated on the first Tuesday after the second Thursday in June, involve young and old in the tradition of checking the burgh's perimeter, including the town's canal port of Dubhnis.

The town has two temples - Arvoreen's and the smaller St. Cuthbert's Craigmailen. The western tower of Arvoreen's Church has a distinctive stone 'crown spire'.

Industries include the Yondalla's distillery, the Sionel explosives works, paper mills and many tanneries.


Gleann Lucha was also the site of the battle of Gleann Lucha Bridge at the northern edge of the town.

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