112 years since she started life carrying Victorian sightseers on excursions on Loch Katrine, the famous steamship Sir Walter Scott welcoming visitors on board once more, providing holidaymakers with the opportunity of enjoying one of the most memorable experiences offered by Scotland’s maritime heritage.
Always a popular choice with groups, the Sir Walter Scott combines all the atmosphere of a Victorian pleasure steamer with totally up-to-date facilities and services, including comfortable lounges with panoramic views which allow passengers to relax and admire the passing scenery.
Each morning the Sir Walter Scott sails at 10.30am from Trossachs Pier (where visitor facilities include free coach parking, a restaurant and gift shop), for the return sailing to Stronachlachar, arriving back again at 12.30pm. In the afternoon there is another chance for passengers to sample the joys of travelling by steam, with several shorter 1-hour cruises.
Equally popular with groups visiting Loch Katrine is the modern cruiser ‘Lady of the Lake’, its name inspired by title of Sir Walter Scott’s famous poem. The ‘Lady of the Lake’ has its own programme of departures for 2011, including the ‘Legends of the Loch’ cruise, an afternoon sailing which introduces visitors to some of the many characters associated with Loch Katrine from over the generations, from the Highlander Rob Roy McGregor to Queen Victoria, who visited in 1859 to declare open the system which still supplies the city of Glasgow with water to this day.
Group Reservations for all sailings can be made by calling (01877) 332000. Timetable information and online reservations are available from www.lochkatrine.com