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The Boatyard, Tarbet G83 7DE

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published 05/11/2017 | sellerleygirl
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Cruise Loch Lomond

Cruise Loch Lomond

Cruise Loch Lomond


Introduction

This is another review from our recent short break in Scotland; our hotel overlooked Loch Lomond – in fact we could see the beautiful Loch from our bedroom window.
When I spotted some cruise boats moored there, I knew that this would be something that my husband and I would enjoy – we both love being on the water.
On the Thursday before we came home, we were due to go on an included tour of Glasgow with the tour company; however, my husband hadn’t been so well and didn’t really feel up to a day traipsing around Glasgow, so instead we decided to spend the day in and around the hotel – after all we had our return journey home the next day. One of the things we planned for the day was a cruise on the loch with Cruise Loch Lomond cruise boats.

About Loch Lomond

Perhaps next to Loch Ness (due of course to Nessie) this is probably one of the most well-known lochs in Scotland. Loch Lomond is located in southern Scotland and is part of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The Loch is 39 km long, has an area of 71km and the maximum depth of the loch 620 feet (190 m). Loch Lomond has a shoreline that measures over 95 miles and on the eastern shore, Ben Lomond (3195ft) towers above the Loch.
It is the largest fresh water lake in the British Isles, and is home to more species of fish than any other; including pike, brown trout, salmon, fresh water herring and powan.
There are 38 islands on the loch, including Inchconnachan which was previously the holiday home of Lady Arran Colquhoun who introduced Wallabies to the island. The wallabies roamed wild and they can still be seen today, although many have had to be culled because they were starving as the procreated so much they ate all the vegetation on the island.
There is also a small island, close to where we boarded the boat called Tarbet Isle. This island is within a few hundred metres of the shore at Tarbet and is also known locally as 'Honeymoon Island', because of the tale that newlyweds were sent to spend a week on the island - if they were still on good terms at the end of the week, it was deemed a sign that the marriage would be successful!

There are several small towns and villages on the edge of the loch including Tarbet, Balmaha, Balloch and Luss.
About Cruise Loch Lomond

“Experience the magic of Loch Lomond’s magnificent scenery from the comfort of one of our cruises.”

The services run daily between March 23rd and October 28th, 2018, however there are some winter cruises so check the website for more details. www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk

The cruises are divided into four durations:

• Under 2 hours
• Half a day
• Full day
• Multi day

There are four departure points:

• Tarbet
• Luss
• Rowardennan
• Inversnaid

There are cruises aimed at people with different interests, you can hire a cycle from them, explore all areas of the loch and bird lovers can go on a cruise that is run with the RSPB and will provide you with unique insights into the abundant birdlife at the special Bird Reserve near Inversnaid. The cruises are perfect for day trippers, holiday makers, cyclists and walking enthusiasts.

The Fleet

Cruise Loch Lomond has a fleet of seven passenger cruise vessels making them the largest private passenger cruise boat operator in Scotland. The largest vessel in the fleet the Lomond Prince and it has a capacity for 126 passengers down to the Lomond Laird which is perfect for private functions for 25 to 40 guests. The boats are all maintained to an extremely high standard, and they all have twin decks, with an enclosed saloon as well as an open deck – to suit all weathers. Each one has a bar on board with tea / coffee facilities, alcoholic beverages and snacks as well as toilets

The fleet comprises of:

• MV LOMOND PRINCE
• LOMOND LAIRD
• MV LOMOND CHIEFTAIN
• MV LOMOND QUEEN
• MV LOMOND PRINCESS
• MV LOMOND WARRIOR
• MV LOMOND HANNAH
The Cruises

The cruises depart from various locations on the loch and sail different routes, giving you the choice to explore Loch Lomond at your own pace, they depart from various locations on the loch and sail different routes, giving you the choice to explore Loch Lomond at your own pace and, as the company say “with the option of a wee dram to stimulate the imagination!”
There are around 20 different cruises, some of which are seasonal, the prices range from £17.50 to £9.75 per person, some of these include a complimentary whisky coffee.
I will concentrate for the rest of this review on the tour that we did - the hour long Northern Highlights cruise, a circular cruise from Tarbet.

For details of all the cruises available go to the following link:

https://www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk/cruises

Our Northern Highlights Cruise

Once the rest of our party had left for the Glasgow trip, we wallowed over a long and relaxed breakfast, drank coffee in the lounge and read a leaflet from reception about the cruises. We opted for the hour long circular cruise that was due to leave at 11.30; the cost was then £9.25 each (although I see that the prices for next year have increased and it will be £10), however, we got £1 each reduction for concession (benefits of being old) and the reception staff told us to mention that we were with Shearing’s Holidays and we got another £1 each reduction.
The cruise tickets were on sale at the Cruise Loch Lomond Ticket Office which is in a small grass/park area surrounding the loch and by Tarbet Pier.
We literally only had to cross the road to get to the park area, but we gave ourselves plenty of time – and strolled across around 10-30. There were plenty of seats both by the loch and up by the ticket office, and at that time the rain hadn’t started so we were quite happy to sit and look at the view. The ticket office also incorporated a small café selling sandwiches, bacon rolls, soup, tea, coffee etc., there were only two tables inside – but plenty of seating outside. There are also toilets (including disabled) inside the ticket office.
As we were early I purchased the tickets and two coffees which we drank in the ticket office before making our way down to the loch.

The large boat that was moored at the pier, which we thought was the one we were going on, turned out to be for a different cruise, and we watched as the one we were to go on sailed in after a previous round cruise. This was the Lomond Queen, and it had seating for 80 people with an upper (outdoor deck) and a lower covered deck. As the rain had started by now, we opted for the lower deck. There were plenty of comfortable seats with good views of the loch and surrounding area. There was a crew of two on the boat – the captain also gave a commentary as we travelled along – pointing out all the places of interest and giving us facts and figures about the loch. His crewmate moored and cast us off, came around checking tickets and also served drinks and snacks at the bar.
Around halfway on the cruise we stopped at Inversnaid and the beautiful Arklet Waterfall to drop some passengers off and pick some others up – these were passengers who were on the Inversnaid Explorer cruise.
Despite the bad weather, we had some beautiful views of the loch and overall it was a very enjoyable experience; we didn’t use the bar – but hot and cold drinks (including alcoholic ones) were available.

We had intended getting a sandwich for our lunch from the Ticket Office café, but both indoor tables were full, and it was now raining quite hard, so we opted to return to the hotel and to get a bar snack there instead.

I think that the price for these cruises are a good deal, they are enjoyable, well run, the staff are friendly, the boat, ticket office and toilets were all clean and tidy and the prices in the café area very reasonable. The cruises make a great vehicle to take in Loch Lomond and the shoreline, and I am glad that we opted for a cruise on the loch rather that a walk around Glasgow.

My only criticism is that the ticket office/café could do with being a little bigger, especially with the famous Scottish weather!
Finding Cruise Lomond, Tarbet

Tarbet is at the heart of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and is just one hour from Glasgow city centre on the A82 trunk road. The village has the Arrochar & Tarbet train station on the West Highland Railway Line and the public bus services that operate between Glasgow Buchanan Street bus station and Oban, Fort William, Skye and Campbeltown and all stop at The Tarbet Hotel.
The Cruise Lomond ticket office is in a small park in front of the Hotel overlooking Tarbet Pier and is about a three-minute walk from the bus stop.

Waterbus and Ferry Service

As well as offering cruises around the loch, Cruise Loch Lomond operate a daily Waterbus and Ferry service that connects the eastern and western shore of the Loch.
The service allows you to access places without a car and to explore some of the hidden gems in the National Park; they also link up local accommodation and public transport.

Tarbet village has the Arrochar & Tarbet train station (which is just a 15-minute walk from Tarbet Pier) on the West Highland Railway Line; there are six services a day from Glasgow Queen Street.
Tarbet and Luss are both accessible by public bus services operating between Glasgow Buchanan Street bus station and Oban, Fort William, Skye and Campbelltown all stopping at The Tarbet Hotel bus stop (which is a 2-minute walk to Tarbet Pier) and on the A82 at Luss (just 10 minutes’ walk to Luss Pier)

Buying Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online at www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk/cruises, from the Tarbet Ticket Office by the loch; VisitScotland Information Centres, Luss Shops (for the Luss cruises only), Balmaha Village Shop and @ Helensburgh shop.

If you book online (either for yourself or as a gift for other people) you can also pre-order treats with a Scottish theme, these are:

• HOT DRINK & SHORTBREAD
Cup of tea / coffee with Scotland's national favourite biscuit
• TEA / COFFEE & TUNNOCKS
Cup of tea / coffee with Scotland's national favourite chocolate teacake
• SOFT DRINK & CRISPS
Can / carton of juice with a bag of crisps
• ROB ROY WHISKY COFFEE
A cup of coffee with a wee dram
• BRANDY HOT CHOCOLATE
A warming hot chocolate with brandy
• LOCH LOMOND ALE
Award-winning ales from a local micro-brewery

All cruise prices and refreshment prices are on the above link.
Cruise and Departure Point Facts and Details

• Family Tickets are available at various prices for all the different cruises, the criteria for a Family Ticket is for 2 adults and 2 children aged between 5-16 years. For families with 2 adults and 3 children add £3.00 and call to book.
• There is ample free parking at all departure points.
• There are toilets at all departure points and on board each vessel.
• All children are very welcome on all cruises.
• There is a £1 reduction on concession on the adult fare of all cruises.
• Bikes are welcome. There are racks on board – there is a charge of £1 per bike. However, if you hire a bike from the company there is no charge on board
• Well-behaved dogs are welcome on board free of charge but must be kept under control at all times. At Rowardennan and on Inchcailloch Island advice from National Park is to keep your dog under close control especially during the breeding season (1 April to 1 August).
• There is live, informative commentary on all cruises with translations offered.
• There are full bar facilities on board with tea, coffee and snacks also available.
• All vessels are fully Marine Coastguard Agency compliant and have open reversible life-rafts and lifejackets for everyone on board, including infants
• The company endeavours to offer assistance to passengers with reduced mobility. You should state your specific needs when you book and contact them for additional information.

Special Occasions

You can charter the boats privately for weddings, birthdays, engagements, christenings or even a corporate event. The largest boat, the Lomond Prince can be chartered for exclusive use.; it has a formal dinner, table seating in the lower saloon for a maximum of 48, with additional seating on the upper decks to increase the numbers to 75 for a buffet.
I think this would be stunning for a wedding!!
The Lomond Chieftain is more suitable for smaller, intimate charters of 15 to 25 guests for a drinks reception with canapés or buffet.
More details here: https://www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk/hire
Contact Details

• Telephone: +44 (0)1301 702 356
• E Mail: stuart@cruiselochlomond.co.uk
• Web site: www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk
• Address: Cruise Loch Lomond Ltd
The Boatyard
G83 7DG,
Tarbet,
Loch Lomond
Argyll & Bute

Pictures From Our Northern Highlights Cruise

1. My husband ready to board
2. In the small refreshment area/ticket office at Tarbet
3. Waiting for the off
4. Our hotel from the departure point
5. A dreary October day over the loch
6. On the move
7. Two more of the cruisers coming ion to Tarbet
8. A beautiful view – despite the weather
9. A mist rolling in along the loch
1. Inversnaid Hotel and Arklet Waterfall from the boat
Do I Recommend

If you are visiting this area of Scotland I can really recommend a cruise on Cruise Loch Lomond, it certainly adds something to your holiday. Buying this as a gift for a friend or relative you know is due to visit the area would also make a very unusual and welcome gift.


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