September 6, 2016
After the Tattoo in Edinburgh, we returned the next day direction South and stopped at Loch Katrine which is a 13km-long fresh water loch in the heart of Loch Lomond, in the Trossachs National Park.
It is a very beautiful area, the only drawback was the weather it was rather cool for August, but we were lucky the sun was shining and we all were in an excellent mood because we waited of our tour around the Loch on the Sir Walter Scott boat ! Ever since Queen Victoria famously sailed up the loch in 1869, following in the steps of royalty, tourists are travelling today on the historic steamship, Sir Water Scott. Launched in 1899, the steamship ferries passengers up and down the loch from the Trossachs Pier.
The name Loch Katrine comes from the Gaelic cateran meaning Highland robber, the most famous of which was born on the loch’s northern shores, famous folkloric hero Rob Roy MacGregor.
The beauty of the loch has long inspired literary figures, including Sir Walter Scott who was inspired to write his famed poem Lady of the Lake in 1810 after visiting Loch Katrine. It also inspired poets Samuel Coleridge and William Wordsworth.
The loch has served as the main fresh water supply for the city of Glasgow for over 150 years.
Restaurant and souvenir shop
Walking on the Trossac pier to the boat. The pier was decorated with beautiful flowers
On the boat it was really cold and we all got a nice warm Scottish blanket
A glance down to the machine room
and then we admired the beautiful landscape !
Strange "moss" on rocks
Apparently a hotel now
The tour lasted about an hour, and then we got off the boat and warmed up in the sunshine !
It had been a wonderful tour !
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
September 6, 2016