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January 15th, 2014

A toast to the water of Loch Katrine

Tennent's LagerLoch Katrine is famous for supplying fresh water to the city of Glasgow and surrounding areas, but did you know the very same water is used in the creation of Scotland’s finest drinks?

Tennent’s Lager, the best-selling pint in bars across the country, is produced at the Wellpark Brewery, in Glasgow, using water from Loch Katrine. Hugh Tennant first produced the lager in 1885, but there is an even longer tradition of brewing at the Wellpark site, going back to 1556, which makes it the oldest continuous commercial concern in the city.

If you want find out more about Wellpark Brewery, book a place on the Tennent’s Tour, and if you just want to sample a pint (or half) for yourself, you’ll be glad to hear we serve it on board our boats!

Glengoyne WhiskyThere are no prizes for guessing that the other fine drink we’re talking about is whisky.

Glengoyne Distillery is situated between Loch Katrine and Glasgow, on the A81 road. It has been in continuous production since 1833 and is famed for the slowest whisky distillation process in Scotland. Located in a beautiful setting, it is well worth combining a visit to Loch Katrine with a visit to Glengoyne Distillery, as it is only 20 miles away from Trossachs Pier. The distillery has a link to our own Rob Roy MacGregor, as he is believed to have escaped the law on one occasion by hiding in an oak tree just 300 metres from the distillery.

Glengoyne’s award winning distillery tours are available daily and you can purchase Glengoyne Whisky in our gift shop.