Having a romantic date on a gondola or even a canoe is really an exciting feeling. Just riding along the water in the middle of the night under the big blue moon and looking at your reflections is surely a fun and breath taking experience. Well, if you want to be more unique why not try the water bus?
A POPULAR form of public transport at one of the area’s most renowned beauty spots has been launched ahead of what is expected to be a busy visitor season.
Residents and tourists are being urged to “leave the car keys at home and pick the loch” by travelling around Loch Lomond on the impressive water buses.
The much-loved mode of transport is back for the second year running after a hugely successful pilot last summer.
Visitors will now be able to arrive by train and set sail to some of the most scenic towns, villages and beauty spots around the National Park with the launch of the new time tabled service.
Following the pilot last year, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority (NPA) has supported the introduction of daily scheduled services that take in twelve destinations covering south, east, west and north of the loch.
Only 45 minutes from Glasgow, people travelling by train can now leave their car at home and walk across from Balloch train station to catch a boat to places rich in history and culture, romantic restaurants with views, picnic sites and breathtaking walks.
Gordon Watson, NPA director of Planning and Rural Development, said: “We hope to encourage more people to explore the National Park by alternative means of transport, providing a fantastic visitor experience, and reducing some of the traffic at key visitor hotspots around Loch Lomond.
“It is a great way of getting more people visiting different destinations which will benefit local tourism businesses around the loch. I would encourage visitors to experience the loch from a new perspective and explore what the National Park has to offer.”
The NPA has worked closely with operators including Cruise Loch Lomond and Sweeney’s Cruises along with Scottish Enterprise who contributed funding for the initial pilot and marketing the new service.
The initiative has also benefited from a significant investment by the NPA to repair the loch piers during the winter.
Stuart Cordner, from Cruise Loch Lomond, added: “The timetable covers the whole loch providing integrated ferry information allowing visitors to plan their Loch Lomond experience in advance.
“The new service gives walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air, take some exercise and sample the tranquility that Loch Lomond has to offer.”
Some of the Water Bus routes include Balloch to Balmaha, Cameron House and Balloch Country Park, Rowardennan to Luss, Tarbet to Inversnaid and Rowardennan, Luss to Inchcailloch and Balmaha.
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