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Loch Katrine

Following in Queen Victoria‘s wake – a cruise on Loch Katrine

[Ellen's Isle, Loch Katrine, Trossachs, Scotla...
[Ellen’s Isle, Loch Katrine, Trossachs, Scotland] (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)
Taking a trip by water always offers a different perspective of the surrounding area and a steamship cruise on Loch Katrine makes for a very relaxing outing.

Loch Katrine is a freshwater reservoir  in Stirling in the west highlands of Scotland. The name Katrine derives its name from the Gaelic ‘ceathairne’ meaning ‘cattle thief’ referring to the term applied to marauders or cattle-lifters. The loch has significant historical connections, including the birthplace of the outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor, and is surrounded by wooded mountains

There are several small islands in Loch Katrine: Ellen’s Isle, a cobbled beach, which in Gaelic is An t-Eilean Molach, or ‘the shingly isle’,  the Black Isle, and Factor’s Island, ‘Eilean a’ Bháillidh’.

Queen Victoria famously sailed up the loch in 1869 and had a holiday house built here. You can follow in her footsteps today on the historic steamship, Sir Walter Scott. The steamship was aptly named after the inspired literary figure, a Scottish historical novelist, whose famed poem Lady of the Lake was written in 1810 after Scott had visited Loch Katrine.

English: SS Sir Walter Scott Loch Katrine. At ...
English: SS Sir Walter Scott Loch Katrine. At Trossachs Pier on Loch Katrine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The steamship has been cruising the waters of Loch Katrine and captivating visitors for almost a century. Sailings depart from Trossachs Pier at the east end of the dock, and runs a ferry service 8 miles west along the loch to Stronachlacher in the mornings and afternoons of spring and summer, travelling at the gentle pace of the steam engine.

Perhaps you’d like to include a sailing on Loch Katrine in your itinerary?

Royal Yacht Britannia

We were on a “show around” on the wonderful Former Royal Yacht Britannia last night. It is well worth visiting. I loved the fact that all the clocks had been stopped at the time the Queen left the Yacht for the last time before it was decommissioned. http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/ Continue Reading

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Tickets for Edinburgh Military Tattoo sell out fast, particularly for the most popular nights, so do get in touch if you or your clients are wanting help getting tickets. This festival of military music, ceremony and spectacle happens every year around the time of the Edinburgh Festival, and is extremely popular with both visitors and… Continue Reading

Sleddog Racing in the Scottish Highlands

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Pictish Art

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