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SS Sir Walter Scott prior to renovation
SS Sir Walter Scott before renovation
SS Sir Walter Scott after renovation
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SS Sir Walter Scott at the pier

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Letter Steading, Holiday Cottage
On Loch Katrine, a 2 bedroomed detached
cottage on the north shore, just three miles
from the Pier. Lovely spot, log burning stove.
Sleeps 4/5. Tel: 01877 376210
Email: lettersteading@hotmail.co.uk

Cruise on Loch Katrine Steamship Sir Walter Scott
See timetable below

. Scotland is lovely - The Trossachs are exceptional.
.Visit 'The Trossachs' and see 'Scotland in Miniature'

(Phone 01877 332000 to check sailings before making a long journey for your cruise )

Steam Ship Sir Walter Scott ( named after Sir Walter Scott the author and poet ) is a major attraction to visitors in the Trossachs but few realise the story behind the old steam ship which has plied these waters for over 100 years.

The Loch Katrine passenger steamers have been plying the loch since 1843 when the Paddle Steamer Gypsy was launched - prior to the this  galleys were used on the loch.

The first pleasure craft on the loch was a galley named the Water Witch, which was manned (rowed) by eight sturdy lads wearing the kilt to the delight of the visitors. The Water Witch reighned supreme until 1843, when the first steamer, The Gypsy, arrived. There was great competition between the old and the new and, despite being propelled by man-power rather than steam power, the Water Witch was reputed to be the faster of the two.

PS Gypsy did not last long - she disappeared one night and has not been seen since. The redundant oarsmen were suspected of scuttling her and were taken to court. They claimed it was the Water Bull of the loch that was protective towards the galleys but destructive to competitors' boats by holing them with its horns. Their Gaelic dialect was beyond the court translator and caused such confusion that the case was thrown out with the verdict that the boat was sunk by persons or things unknown.

The galleys did not last much longer when another paddle steamer, the PS Rob Roy, was launched in 1845. A few years later this was followed by a second PS Rob Roy and much later by the present screw driven SS Sir Walter Scott, which still sails the loch and gives pleasure to so many visitors.

'SS Sir Walter Scott' is named after the 19th Century poet who wrote "The Lady of the Lake" and is the last of a series of ships to ply the loch. The story goes that the first steamer on Loch Katrine was sent to the bottom by the sailors who had been employed to row the previous craft!

She is 110 feet long, 19 feet wide and weighs 115 tons, and has sailed the waters of Loch Katrine since 1900. S.S. Sir Walter Scott was built by Denny Bros Ltd at Dumbarton on the River Clyde, transported by barge up Loch Lomond and then dragged by horse-drawn cart up the unbelievably steep hill from Inversnaid and then overland to Stronachlachar at the west end of Loch Katrine where she was re-assembled and launched.

She still has the original 3-cylinder triple expansion engine and has two locomotive-type boilers. The vessel has a crew of five, and is the only surviving screw steamer in regular passenger service in Scotland. Up to the end of 2007 he boilers were fired by coke and the ash emptied ashore daily to minimise any risk of pollution to the loch which is Glasgow's water supply and is owned by the West of Scotland Water Board. At the end of the 2007 season the ship was given a major overhaul and re-fit - the boilers were converted to run on bio-fuel, but still use the original engine.

The usual timetable provides a return trip from Trossachs pier to Stronachlacher in the mornings and shorter cruises which do not land at Stronachlacher. SS Sir Walter Scott is available for private and corporate functions.

More information about Loch Katrine

Getting to Loch Katrine by public transport

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The Trossachs Trundler is a seasonal bus service operating a circular route between Callander and Aberfoyle via the Trossachs Pier and Port of Mentieth. For timetable and operating season see the transport page. A regular bus service operated between Stirling and Callander.

SSS Sir Walter Scott , Lady of the Lake and Ellen's Isle sailing Schedules

 

E-mail: cruises@lochkatrine.com .
For information and reservations call (01877) 332000. or (01877) 376315/6

The Steamship Sir Walter Scott

100 years young with a facelift in 2009, SS Walter Scott awaits your pleasure for a cruise on Loch Katrine


 

The Lady of the Lake

There is another new cruiser now in operation at Loch Katrine - 'Lady of the Lake'.

More information here soon.

Cruise times: See timetable link below:

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image of Loch Katrine

photo of loch katrine image of Loch Katrine near the sluice

About Loch Katrine

Access is by a spur road off the A821 at the end of Loch Achray. This narrow road winds through the native woodland of the 'real' Trossachs pass before opening out into the car park at the pier. At the pier - an interesting structure with a timber roof - is the old boathouse, now a visitor centre and shop. There is also a Charles Rennie Mackintosh styled restaurant. A very old photo of the pier prior to the raising of the water level may be seen HERE

Ben Venue (hill of the caves) towers over the southern side of Loch Katrine with Ben A'an on the north side of the pass, but only visible from the water or the approach road. Ellen's isle, just visible at the bottom of the photo on the right, was used in times of trouble as a refuge by the women and children of the MacGregor Clan.  The peninsula close by, 'am Priosan' is reputed to be one of the places where Rob Roy MacGregor hid the cattle he 'lifted' from richer neighbours.

At the western end of the loch is Glen Gyle, the ancestral home of the MacGregor chiefs at Glengyle House. Close to the house is an old MacGregor Graveyard on an island in the loch connected to the shore by a causeway.

The water level in the loch has been raised by the water board on three occasions, and on each occasion the engineers had to protect the graveyard by walls and raising the level of the island.

 

 

The Stronachlachar Pier Tearoom

The Pier Cafe is open from 10am seven days a week throughout the holiday season..
  • The finest Italian coffees
  • Home-made soups
  • Paninis and special 'club' sandwiches
  • Home-made cakes and scones
  • Teas - and a choice of cold drinks, snacks and ice-creams.
  • We are now licensed. 
  • We also offer free wi-fi and have a lovely new conservatory where our guests can enjoy the views of Loch Katrine while they sample our Italian Coffee and homebaking.

Visit the Pier Cafe website for more information

Rounding the loch to Stronachlachar, you come to the pier at Stronachlachar where the steamer calls in the mornings. There is a tearoom, a phone box and fabulous views down the loch to the east. A picturesque island - Eilean Dharag - lies just off the pier.

A 4.5 mile walk/bike ride/drive leads from Stronachlachar to Inversnaid on the West Highland Way at Loch Lomond.

Loch Katrine was, and still is used to supply water to Glasgow. It was this fresh water supply which first helped rid Glasgow of the scourge of typhus when the supply was first established in 1859. The pipeline from the loch to the reservoirs just outside Glasgow is still seen as a wonder ov Victorian engineering.

Fishing Loch Katrine for Trout and Pike

Until recently fishing was unavailable on Loch Katrine but in 2010 Loch Katrine Fisheries opened at Stronachlachar near the west end of the loch to enable trout and pike fishing on the loch with the convenience of electric powered boats. More information on the Loch Katrine Fisheries page.

Walking and Cycling


Loch Katrine from Ben A'an

There is a 13 mile tarmac roadway all the way from the Trossachs pier to Stronachlachar at the west end of the loch. Most vehicles are prohibited from using the road which means it is an ideal place to stretch your legs by the lochside or even take a bike for the 12 mile trip (one way). From a small parking area on the access road there is a pleasant walk to the Loch Katrine dam, and for the more energetic, over the dam to the 'Bealach nam Bo' (pass of the cattle ) which provided the only passable route to bring cattle along the south side of the loch.

Ben A'an and Ben Venue can also be climbed from car parks near the A821 turn off to Katrine

You can even take your bike on the morning sail to Stronachlachar then cycle (or walk) back by the lochside road but note that at the beginning and end of the season there may be no Wednesday sailings

 

Cycle hire

Wheels Cycling Centre near Callander or Mounter's Bikes in Callander


Trossachs Pier Sailing Schedules and Tariffs on SS Sir Walter Scott and Lady of the Lake

Published times are for guidance and subject to change

E-mail: cruises@lochkatrine.com .
For up to date information and reservations call (01877) 332000. or (01877) 376315/6
or visit the
website at www.lochkatrine.com

We regret that InCallander.co.uk is unable to reply to steamer enquiries

Advance booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment in peak periods.

Special Notice

Please phone or email to check sailings before travelling any distance.

Steamer SS Sir Walter Scott & Lady of the Lake Sailings

Timetable & Tariff

Cruise Loch Katrine on The Steamship Sir Walter Scott

Summer 2013

From cycling expeditions to family adventures
a sail on Loch Katrine is the best way to enjoy the magnificent landscapes of The Trossachs.

Saturday 25th May 2013 to Sunday 29th September 2013
Sailings departing from Trossachs Pier
The Steamship Sir Walter Scott 10.30am (1) 1.00pm (2) 2.30pm (2) 4.00pm (2)
Lady of the Lake 11.15am (2) 12.45pm (1) 3.15pm (1)

(1) - Return sailing from Trossachs Pier to Stronachlachar (Journey time 2 hrs.)

(2) - Sightseeing Cruise (Journey time 1 hr.)

Advance Reservations recommended for all sailings. To book E-mail: cruises@lochkatrine.com . or call (01877) 332000.

All times are subject to revision due to weather conditions or for operational reasons, it is therefore recommended to phone in advance to confirm sailing times. Advance Booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Passengers can join all sailings departing from Stronachlachar. Reduced fares for children and concessions. Group reservations and discounts available on all sailings.

2013 Prices Sailings on The Steamship Sir Walter Scott
Adults Children (Aged 5 to 16 yrs) Concessions Family Ticket
Single Return Single Return Single Return Single Return
Sailing to Stronachlachar £13.00 £15.50 £9.50 £9.50 £11.00 £14.00 £40.25 £45.25
Sightseeing Cruise £12.00 £8.00 £10.50 £36.00

Children under 5 years: 50p charge on all sailings.
Dogs: 50p charge on all sailings.
Bicycles are carried on sailings to Stronachlachar only (subject to available capacity) (Charge: £2).
Children's bicycles are carried free of charge.
Family Tickets are valid for 2 adults and 2 children. (£5 per additional child)

2013 Prices Sailings on Lady of the Lake
Adults Children (Aged 5 to 16 yrs) Concessions Family Ticket
Single Return Single Return Single Return Single Return
Sailing to Stronachlachar £11.00 £14.00 £6.50 £8.00 £9.50 £12.50 £32.75 £40.00
Sightseeing Cruise £10.50 £6.50 £9.50 £31.25

Children under 5 years: 50p charge on all sailings.
Dogs: 50p charge on all sailings.
Bicycles are carried on sailings to Stronachlachar only (subject to available capacity) (Charge: £2).
Children's bicycles are carried free of charge.
Family Tickets are valid for 2 adults and 2 children. (£5 per additional child)

Advance Reservations recommended for all sailings. To book E-mail: cruises@lochkatrine.com or call (01877) 332000.

Take your seat in the heated saloon of Lady of the Lake, and take in the stunning views of Loch Katrine. Relax with a drink or a snack from the kiosk, listen to the legends of the loch as you travel, and enjoy the majestic scenery which inspired Sir Walter Scott to write his famous poem.

All times are subject to revision due to weather conditions or for operational reasons, it is recommended to phone in advance to confirm sailing times. Advance Booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Passengers can join all sailings departing from Stronachlachar. Reduced fares for children and concessions. Group reservations and discounts available on all sailings.

 

The Trossachs and things to see and do

 

All times are subject to revision due to weather conditions or for operational reasons, it is therefore recommended to phone in advance to confirm sailing times. Advance Booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Passengers can join all sailings departing from Stronachlachar. Reduced fares for children and concessions. Group reservations and discounts available on all sailings.

 

 

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