The 100 year old steamship Sir Walter Scott is 110 feet long, 19 feet wide and weighs 115 tons, and has sailed the waters of Loch Katrine since 1900. S.S. Sir Walter Scott was built by Denny Bros Ltd at Dumbarton on the River Clyde, transported by barge up Loch Lomond and then dragged by horse-drawn cart up the unbelievably steep hill from Inversnaid and then overland to Stronachlachar at the west end of Loch Katrine where she was re-assembled and launched.
Every winter the old steamer is taken out of the water for maintenance before being re-floated in time for the start of the visitor season. She still has the original 3-cylinder triple expansion engine and has two locomotive-type boilers. The vessel has a crew of five, and is the only surviving screw steamer in regular passenger service in Scotland.
The boilers are fired by coke and the ash is emptied ashore daily to minimise any risk of pollution to the loch which is Glasgows water supply and is owned by Scottish Water.
The usual timetable provides a return trip from Trossachs peir to Stronachlacher in the mornings and two afternoon cruises which do not land at Stronachlacher.
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