Tuesday, 23 June 2009

SS Sir Walter Scott, back with style

The veteran steamship Sir Walter Scott, synonymous with Loch Katrine and The Trossachs since its launch in 1899, has returned to service on completion of a three-year restoration project.

Below decks, the ship’s original steam engine has been overhauled, whilst the passenger accommodation has been totally upgraded, with a new enclosed lounge area, fully accessible toilet accommodation, and a new servery for drinks and snacks. On the main deck all of the seating has been renewed, and a new raised area at the stern provides panoramic views of the Loch Katrine landscapes.

Completion of the project means that passengers can enjoy a really special experience - the magnificent scenery, excellent on-board amenities, and the timeless pleasure of sailing on a classic steamship.

The Sir Walter Scott operates a daily return journey to Stronachlachar (departing from Trossachs Pier at 10:30am) throughout the Summer, as well as shorter cruises during the afternoon. It sails alongside the modern cruiser ‘Lady of the Lake’, named after the epic poem by Sir Walter Scott, whose writings did so much to put The Trossachs on the map.

Each afternoon until September 2009 ‘Lady of the Lake’ also operates a special ‘MacGregor Homeland Cruise’, sailing past Factor’s Island to Glengyle, birthplace of the famous Highlander Rob Roy MacGregor.

Groups visiting Loch Katrine can take advantage of free coach parking, group discounts on all sailings, and excellent facilities at Trossachs Pier, including The Anchor’s Rest Bistro and Bar.

Further information is available from www.lochkatrine.com, or from (01877) 332000.

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