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
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.
1803 - William Wordsworth and his sister
Dorothy visit Loch Katrine. His poem Stepping
Westward was about Loch Katrine.
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
1853 - writer, naturalist and philosopher
John Ruskin and the artist John Millais visited
Loch Katrine. Millais painted his famous
portrait of Ruskin at
1859 - Queen Victoria opens the Aqueduct and
Tunnels built between Loch Katrine and Glasgow,
30 miles south, to supply the city with
Loch Katrine is about 390ft above sea level,
Glasgow centre only a few feet above sea
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.
1958 - the Glen Finglas water system was
completed linking Glen Finglas Reservoir and
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 Clyde.
2018 - Echo Lodges were built close to 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.