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Loch Katrine is in the heart of The Trossachs, the Highlands in miniature about 20 miles from Stirling (via Callander).
Pictured is the Sir Walter Scott, which has pleasure sailings in the summer months, along the loch to Stronachlacher. It is the only surviving screw driven steamer in regular operation in Scotland.
Morning cruises last 1hr 45 mins and cost £7.25 adults/ £5.25 senior/U16; afternoon cruises last an hour and cost £6.25/£4.65 (2005 prices).
More info on the background of the ship here.
The private road which runs from Trossachs pier to Stronachlacher has almost no motorised traffic so is ideal for a stroll (15 minutes walk to get full views out along the Loch) or for cycling (about 12 miles to Stronachlacher - it's not flat though). Cycles are available for hire at the Trossachs Pier, from kids bikes up to suspension bikes. The also have the little kid tandem attachments, and a little electric cart for those who can't cycle.
Loch Katrine is also the main water supply for Glasgow. The works required to get the water to Glasgow were a marvel of Victorian engineering.
The second picture was taken late on a January afternoon, as the sun dipped behind the snow-dusted hills.
The third is an October afternoon, as the SS Sir Walter Scott waits to leave on the afternoon cruise.
There is a large pay car park (not always enough in summer), a shop, a cafe, and various information boards on the history/nature at the pierhead.
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