Steamship Sir Walter Scott

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Turn the clock back to the days when Victoria was on the throne by boarding this delightful little ship and marvelling at the stunning scenery of Loch Katrine and the surrounding peaks. It’s an opportunity for a short cruise aboard a piece of marine history – and you can enjoy a glass of something, or a cappuccino, as you drink in some of Scotland’s finest scenery.

Set amidst the stunning lochs and mountains of the Trossachs, and only an hour from Glasgow, the SS Sir Walter Scott now carries tourists the ten-kilometre length of Loch Katrine – which has been the source of Glasgow’s drinking water since 1900 – from its home port of Trossachs Pier in the east to Stronachlachar in the west. Built at Dumbarton, and named after the writer Sir Walter Scott (whose poem “The Lady of the Lake” was set around the loch), the ship was then dismantled and transported overland to the loch – a serious feat of logistics in 1900. Another character intrinsically linked to both Scott and Loch Katrine is Rob Roy MacGregor, born on the shores of the loch and elevated to legendary status by Scott’s writings. If you’re a fan of machinery, be sure to check out the engine room, visible from windows on deck level. The ship, no longer coal-fired but running on bio-diesel, today plies the same route it has chugged over for more than a century.

There’s ample parking adjacent to the toilet block and close to the booking kiosk and ship and, on the other side, the lift-accessed bistro, which also has an accessible toilet. Once you’re booked, you’ll find level access all the way to the gangplank, which has a small, 6cm step on and off. On board, there’s a level deck and an accessible toilet in the lounge/bar.

Food & drink: Sandwiches, soft drinks and ice cream are available from the booking kiosk. On board, soft and alcoholic drinks, tea and coffee, and light snacks are available. On shore the Katrine café has a good range of hot food staples and daily specials. Try and eat outside on the terrace to enjoy the beautiful views.