S.S.Sir Walter Scott, Loch Katrine

S.S.Sir Walter Scott, Loch Katrine, Scotland

Today, I spent most of the day touring the Trossachs region of Central Scotland, centred on such towns as Aberfoyle and Callander. Highlight of the tour was a one hour cruise on the historic steamship ( launched 1899) S.S. Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katrine. This vessel is powered by a three cylinder, triple expansion steam engine  with two locomotive type boilers which in turn is now powered by biofuel.

View of Ben Venue from Loch Katrine

View of Ben Venue from Loch Katrine, Scotland

Loch Katrine is is approximately 8 miles long and two thirds of a mile wide. It is, effectively, a reservoir comprising Glasgow’s principal water supply,a  role which commenced in 1859 when first opened by Queen Victoria.

View from Sir Walter Scott of Loch Katrine

View from Sir Walter Scott of Loch Katrine, Scotland

I addition to the veteran Sir Walter Scott, another, smaller vessel named Lady of the Lake provides cruises for the public.

Lady of the Lake, Loch Katrine

Lady of the Lake, Loch Katrine, Scotland

Pier at Loch Katrine, Trossachs

Images in the post reflect the stunning mountainous scenery in which the loch is located.

Mountainous Scenery at Northof Loch Katrine

Mountainous Scenery at Northof Loch Katrine, Scotland

Mountainous Scenery, Loch Katrine

Historically, this area of Scotland has a close association with Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734) who is buried nearby at Balquidder.

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip which benefited from reasonable weather.

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