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Loch Katrine has 2 cruise ships to take you on the beautiful Loch, to admire the amazing landscape which changes from season to season. There are 3 ways to cruise the Loch and more details of these sailings are in the links above. 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. This page will tell you more about these magnificent ships and a little bit about their history.
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 118 year old Steamship Sir Walter Scott still plies the waters of Loch Katrine to this day. The vessels is powered by it’s original Matthew Paul Triple expansion engine which passengers can view through the open engine covers. Many of the ships original features are still fitted and used every day. It is the very last of it’s 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.
Steamship Sir Walter Scott
The steamship Sir Walter Scott is our ﬂagship and the jewel in the Loch Katrine 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 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. Sailings depart from Trossachs Pier to Stronachlachar daily
“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.
Sailing on both one and two hour voyages, 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 to Stronachlachar 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.