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The steamship Sir Walter Scott is now back on Loch Katrine for another year of daily sailings – just in time for Easter.
Managing director Gordon Allan said this is a busy and important time for
the historic steamship.
‘At nearly 120 years old it is vital that we carefully maintain and preserve the steamship. This is a special year for Loch Katrine, as October will mark the 160th anniversary of Queen Victoria officially opening the water works. A celebration of this royal visit is part of a schedule of events during 2019.’
The series of events begins with an Easter egg hunt, featuring the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter, over the Easter weekend.
On June 22 and 23, there is a Wizards and Witches Weekend, with a Pirates Ahoy! weekend on July 20 and 21.
All of the events will include actors to bring stories of Loch Katrine and the subject of the themed events to life.
As Gordon explained, these themed weekends have attracted many new visitors to Loch Katrine.
‘Children love these family events. They enter the spirit of the theme by dressing up, often even persuading their parents to dress up too. These events are very successful and have helped introduce families to Loch Katrine for the first time.’
The 160th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s visit will be commemorated on October 14. The royal visit was the official opening of the Glasgow works, using the water of Loch Katrine.
The Sir Walter Scott is operated by a charity, The Steamship Sir Walter Scott Trust, established in April 2005 with the support of the Scottish Executive, Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, Stirling Council and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority, to take responsibility for control of the visitor facilities at Loch Katrine.
Around 300,000 visitors come to Loch Katrine each year, and more than 85,000 passengers annually enjoy cruises on the Sir Walter Scott
or the Lady of the Lake.