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Loch Katrine

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Loch Katrine is a 13km-long fresh water loch in the heart of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

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Set in the centre of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, 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.

Queen Victoria famously sailed up the loch in 1869. Following in the steps of royalty, the feat that can be repeated today on the historic steamship, Sir Water Scott. Launched in 1899, the steamship still ferries passengers up and down the loch from the Trossachs Pier.

There are also bike hire facilities at the pier so you can explore the loch side on two wheels and be rewarded with some spectacular views.

The loch has served as the main fresh water supply for the city of Glasgow for over 150 years.

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Set in the centre of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, 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.

Queen Victoria famously sailed up the loch in 1869. Following in the steps of royalty, the feat that can be repeated today on the historic steamship, Sir Water Scott. Launched in 1899, the steamship still ferries passengers up and down the loch from the Trossachs Pier.

There are also bike hire facilities at the pier so you can explore the loch side on two wheels and be rewarded with some spectacular views.

The loch has served as the main fresh water supply for the city of Glasgow for over 150 years.

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