Steamship Sir Walter Scott

Steamship Sir Walter Scott

The steamship Sir Walter Scott is our flagship and the jewel in the Loch Katrine Experience’s crown. With over 100 years of sailings to her name, this world famous steamship has captivated visitors for almost a century. Connecting every aspect of the Loch Katrine Experience, the steamship Sir Walter Scott brings together the best of adventure, relaxation and history – all in one experience.

Named after Scotland’s much loved poet and author Sir Walter Scott, our steamship is one of Scotland’s major visitor attractions. Sitting at 110 feet long and 19 feet wide, the Sir Walter Scott welcomes thousands of keen adventurers on board every year.

Built by Denny Bros Ltd at Dumbarton, on the River Clyde, the steamship Sir Walter Scott’s journey to Loch Katrine was not an easy one. She was meticulously dismantled before being transported with love and care by barge to Inversnaid on Loch Lomond. From there, she continued on her epic journey to Stronachlachar by horse-drawn cart! Still in pieces, it was by the Loch Katrine shores that the beautiful and famous steamship Sir Walter Scott was reassembled and finally welcomed to her new home.

Since her maiden voyage in 1900, the steamship Sir Walter Scott has gone through a number of changes. She still has her original Matthew Paul & Co triple expansion steam engine, though 2007 marked the last year of her use of coal as fuel, and the steamship’s two Cochran Wee Chieftain boilers now run on bio-fuel, a kinder environmental option that helps us preserve our water source and surrounding environment.  She uses around 300 litres of this environmentally friendly fuel on a daily basis.

Season after season, the steamship Sir Walter Scott welcomes cyclists, hikers, families and international tourists on board to enjoy the stunning destination that is Loch Katrine. The steamship is also wheelchair accessible. Relax comfortably in our heated saloon with a drink and snack while listening to the tales and legends of the loch as narrated by our experienced and knowledgeable crew.

Sailings depart from Trossachs Pier to Stronachlachar on a daily basis, but please be sure to check this season’s timetable before setting off. If you plan on cycling, we recommend you book your bike on board prior to arrival to avoid disappointment.