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Take a cruise on beautiful Loch Katrine and admire the amazing landscapes which change through the seasons.
Our cruise services are back in operation after closure because of Covid-19. From July 15th 2020 there are daily 45-minute cruises on the Lady of the Lake, departing on the half hour from 10.30am onwards. We have also introduced a new small boat called Osprey, for private charters of up to 8 people.
Sadly Steamship Sir Walter Scott will not be sailing this year as she awaits major boiler repairs. We will soon be launching a fundraising appeal to help generate the funds necessary for the essential repairs.
This page provides details of the rich history of cruises on Loch Katrine. For more information about cruises available now please call our booking office on 01877 376315 and we will be pleased to let you know the options available.
Loch Katrine has drawn tourists for hundreds of years, ever since Sir Walter Scott’s vivid descriptions inspired a generation of Victorian tourists to visit the loch to see the landscape for themselves.
The Famous Tour No1 began as early as 1859, this was a marathon day excursion by rail and steamship from the city of Glasgow. Tourists travelled by train from Glasgow to Balloch by train, Balloch to Inversnaid by Steamer, Inversnaid to Stronachlachar by horse drawn coach, down Loch Katrine by Steamer to Trossachs Pier and coach to Callander, from where they would take the train back to Glasgow.
This tour proved so successful that it was also run in reverse as Tour No 2. The arrival of the Steamship Sir Walter Scott in 1899 increased capacity on this route.
The 120 year old Steamship Sir Walter Scott is powered by its original Matthew Paul Triple expansion engine which passengers can view through the open engine covers. Many of the ship's original features are still fitted and used every day. It is the very last of its kind in regular passenger service in Scotland.
Loch Katrine is one of Scotland's hidden gems. You can use or cruise vessels to take you onto the loch admire the amazing landscape which changes from season to season. All you have to do is decide based on your available time, which route interests you most or which ship you would like to experience.
We have a large pay and display car park so finding a parking space should be easy. Payment can be made by credit/debit card. During busy times it may take a short while to find a space so we advise that you leave plenty of time before your chosen departure time.
Steamship Sir Walter Scott
The steamship Sir Walter Scott is our ﬂagship and the jewel in the Loch Katrine crown. With 120 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 brings together the best of adventure, relaxation and history – all in one.
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 by barge to Inversnaid on Loch Lomond. From there, she continued her epic journey to Stronachlachar by horse-drawn cart. She was reassembled at the slipway at Stronachlachar by a team of workmen from the Denny Yard.
Since her maiden voyage in 1900, the steamship Sir Walter Scott has gone through several 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 (using about 300 liters daily), a kinder environmental option that helps us preserve our water source and surrounding environment. 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.
Sadly she is not currently sailing as she requires major boiler repairs. Check our Facebook page for updates on our fundraising campaign.
“Each purple peak, each ﬂinty spire was bathed in ﬂoods of living fire” - Sir Walter Scott, ‘The Lady of The Lake’
Loch Katrine has been a site of inspiration for poets, artists and visitors alike for centuries.
Lady of the Lake
Our much-treasured modern cruiser, Lady of the Lake, is named after the poem written by one of the world’s most famous writers, and lover of Loch Katrine, Sir Walter Scott. Our beautiful cruiser operated originally in The Netherlands, and before settling into her new Loch Katrine home, she graced Glasgow’s River Clyde as a water bus, regularly sailing from the city centre out to Braehead. In fact, many who sailed the Lady during her time in Glasgow have made the trip to Loch Katrine specially to relive the experience.
The Lady offers a heated saloon allowing you to take in the scenery in any weather. You can even relax with a drink or a snack from the cruiser’s kiosk.
Sailings depart from Trossachs Pier daily. The Lady of the Lake also welcomes cyclists and dog walkers on board. We recommend you book your bike on board prior to arrival to avoid disappointment.