Loch Katrine Area Attractions
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Loch Katrine History
Loch Katrine is 11 miles long by 1 mile
Its name is thought be from the Gaelic
ceathairne, that may mean cattle thief.
1671 - Robert Roy MacGregor is born at
1689 - Rob Roy joined the Jacobite rising
where he is wounded but survived.
1700s early, Rob Roy runs into financial
difficulties whilst running his cattle farm,
he is then accused of being involved in
cattle rustling, and much more.
1700s early - Rob Roy imprisoned the
Factor to the Duke of Montrose on Factors
Island on Loch Katrine. One of many disputes
he had with large landowners.
1734 - Rob Roy dies at his family home at
Balquhidder, 20 miles north of Loch
Rob Roy and his family grave is at a small
church in Balquhidder.
1809 - the novelist Sir Walter Scott
visits the Trossachs and starts writing his
famous poem - The Lady of the
Lake, whilst visiting Loch Katrine.
1817 - Sir Walter Scott writes the novel
Works by Sir Walter Scott are said to have
increased visitors to Scotland
1859 - Queen Victoria opens the aqueduct
and tunnels built between Loch Katrine and
Glasgow, 30 miles south, to supply the city
with drinking water.
Loch Katrine is about 390ft above sea
level, Glasgow centre only a few feet above
1899 - the coal fired Steamship Sir Walter
Scott is built in sections at Scott Denny,
William & Bros, at Dumbarton west of Glasgow.
The ship is 110ft long by 19ft wide.
The ship is then taken on barges up the
River Leven and through Loch Lomond to
Inversnaid on the east side of Loch Lomond.
The sections were then trailed by horse-drawn
cart for over 4 miles to Stronachlachar on
Loch Katrine west side.
1900 - the Steamship Sir Walter Scott
begins its service as a pleasure cruiser for
tourists visiting Loch Katrine.
1995 - the film Rob Roy is
released starring Liam Neeson.
2007 - the SS Sir Walter Scott is
converted to run on biodiesel fuel.
2008 - the ship named Lady of the Lake
starts operating on Loch Katrine alongside
the SS Sir Walter Scott.
The Lady of the Lake had previously ran
between Glasgow centre and Braehead Shopping
Centre, under the name Pride of the
Today - the SS Sir Walter Scott is
licensed to carry about 160 passengers.
Before restrictions, a few hundred passengers
were regularly taken at a time.