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Loch Tay Pleasure Boat Trips Sailing Again

Kenmore on Loch Tay from which the Cruise Boat will depart.

After a gap of 70 years visitors to the beautiful Loch Tay will be able to sail again thanks to Loch Tay Safaris using a modern custom-built 12-seater boat will be cruising on the largest loch in Perthshire this summer among the surrounding mountains and passing a reproduction of an Iron Age Crannog (see illustration below) and Sybilla's Island where the wife of Alexander King of Scots is believed to be buried. The boat is named Iolaire, the Gaelic word for eagle. The deepest part of Loch Tay, below Ben Lawers is 150 metres deep and the legendary Kelpie is said to lurk.

Steam boats topped running on Loch Tay 1949 as new roads around the loch made travelling in the area easier for the increasing volume of cars to tour the area.

The idea of boat trips were an idea of Donald and Julie Riddell who run Highland Safaris which runs trips across the moorland areas to allow visitors watch local wild life. The 90 minute cruise will operate 7 days a week from April to November.

See also Loch Tay Safaris

Reproduction of Iron Age Crannog, Loch Tay

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