Posted by Jamie MacDougall
30 Mar 2012
Following the introduction of the hugely popular water bus service on Loch Lomond last year, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park have announced the launch of their 2012 schedule for the service, starting this weekend.
Improvements to the service this year include a morning sailing to Rowardennan Youth Hostel starting on 31st March for climbers wanting to make an early start on Ben Lomond, as well as a new service linking Balloch and Luss launching later this summer.
Fiona Logan, CEO Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park said, “We had a fantastic response to the introduction of regular daily water bus routes last year with over 11,000 people taking advantage of the service over the summer. This year, I’m pleased that local operators have introduced new routes that link to the east side of the Loch.
"Increasing the accessibility of the National Park for our visitors is hugely important to us and the water bus is a great way to experience the varied landscape we have here. This year, we will also have our volunteer rangers on board some sailings to give visitors a personal experience of the loch and to offer their expertise on the best things to see and do in the Park."
Stuart Cordner from Cruise Loch Lomond added, “The Waterbus Service has been hugely successful in raising the profile of Loch Lomond and the range of activities that can be enjoyed by families and outdoor enthusiasts. Given the demand for the service, Cruise Loch Lomond has committed to operating a daily service from the 31st March to the end of October. We are pleased to announce the launch of a new service the Rowardennan Explorer working with the Youth Hostel and National Trust for Scotland; as well as promoting new walking and cycling routes into the Trossachs above Inversnaid and at Rowardennan.”
Villages served by the water bus service include Inversnaid, Luss, Tarbet, Balmaha, Inchcailloch and Rowardennan. Being under an hours travel by bus or train from Glasgow and with daily services operating, the water bus looks to be an excellent day out for all.
See attached document for details of the service timetables and routes served.