Daily sailings all year at Loch Katrine

Launching the new Loch Katrine timetable are Lord Thurso, chairman of VisitScotland, and Sylwia Zaparucha and Stuart Brain from Loch Katrine.

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The steamship Sir Walter Scott and vessel Lady of the Lake have been given a much expanded cruising schedule on Loch Katrine for this year and next.

Sailings on either the Sir Walter Scott or Lady of the Lake are being increased by more than 50 per cent and are now available on a daily basis throughout the year and with increased frequency during the period April to October.

A series of shorter 45-minute cruises are also being introduced to cater for the growing number group tour organisers offering year-round Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park day tours on time-pressured itineraries.

Gordon Allan, managing director of the steamship company, said: ‘We are now gearing up to develop Loch Katrine as a major year-round destination in the heart of the national park and the Great Trossachs National Nature Reserve with a major step change in the breadth and appeal of our offers.

‘We now offer over 2,300 sailings on the historic steamship Sir Walter Scott or the MV Lady of the Lake annually, improved cafe facilities and new overnight accommodation.’

A major investment has also been made in developing a new Eco Camp with a mixture of eco lodges, motorhome hook-ups and camping pitches on the shores of the Loch Katrine, with funding support from Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER programme.

VisitScotland chairman Lord Thurso said: ‘I am delighted to launch the new sailing programme at Loch Katrine and congratulate the steamship company on their commitment to developing year-round tourism in such an iconic location in close proximity to the major conurbations of Glasgow and Edinburgh where visitors are increasingly looking for ideas for day trips for the growing number of international and domestic visitors visiting Scotland in off peak periods.

‘The other investments at Loch Katrine are welcome too and should greatly strengthen the appeal of this destination, which is arguably where Scottish tourism began with the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s blockbuster poem, The Lady of the Lake in 1810.’