Tuesday, September 06, 2016

LOCH KATRINE TROSSAC NATIONAL PARK SCOTLAND

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



Our boat




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







Holiday homes



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 !

9 comments:

Bill Nicholls said...

Hopefully I will get up there one of these days for a holiday, been a while since I visited Scotland

Andrew said...

It's a very pretty area. I haven't been to Scotland. One day.

Lady Fi said...

What a lovely area! Scotland is beautiful!

Joyful said...

The scenery is beautiful and green and it looks relatively warm. Though on the water I can see you are all bundled up. Good thing. Glad you enjoyed Scotland.

Fun60 said...

Those tartan rugs are a good idea. You look nice and cosy despite the cool weather. Beautiful scenery. IT is far too many years since I visited Scotland.

jabblog said...

Ooh, it looked so cold. At least you avoided the mosquitoes . . . Beautiful scenery.

Amy at love made my home said...

It might have been cold, but it is very beautiful! Glad you enjoyed it! xx

Kay L. Davies said...

Yon bonnie banks, and yon bonnie braes, and you got to Scotland afore me...

I can rewrite the words but I can't carry the tune, so this will have to do. Your beautiful photos make me want to be there. Not long now, but it can't come soon enough. Thanks for the tour.
Hugs, K

Gracie said...

To think here is still 32°C....hottest september ever!

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