Loch Katrine, The Trossachs, Perthshire
The mountain region of the Trossachs just to the north of Glasgow and to the west of Perth and Stirling is a very worthy tourist destination. Undoubtedly the scenery is dramatic, dotted with many Lochs, winding steep roads and deep Glens.
One Loch above all others in the Trossachs attracts the most visitors. It is Loch Katrine. It once was a natural Loch running through Strath Gartney. It became a Reservoir for Glasgow in the 1850’s when the water level was artificially raised.
But the Trossachs and Loch Katrine had already come to visitors attention on the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Lady of the Lake‘ which was loosely based upon Loch Katrine as well as legendary connection with Rob Roy. It was great PR in the days when tourism was taking its first steps of popular appeal. Today its location so near to Glasgow, Stirling and Perth has ensured its retained its popularity.
I have always loved exploring the Trossachs, whilst I rather like Katrine, I have always found that the nicest views are best towards the mountains from on the Loch, rather than of the Loch from the shore…somehow you don’t loose the man made boundary at shore level.
To make sure visitors can do exactly that and view this part of the Trossachs from the water, you can take a trip on the Steam Boat ‘Sir Walter Scott’. So I have dug deep into my archive and found an old transparency, rather faded but here is a quick scan.
So when all these lockdown restrictions are lifted you too could ‘sailaway’
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(C) David Oakes 2020