Tuesday, October 10 2017
The newest vessel to carry passengers on Loch Lomond has been launched, giving visitors to Scotland’s first National Park more opportunities to experience its natural beauty.
The MV Lomond Monarch completed the final leg of an epic journey from Loch Ness to arrive at her new home at the beginning of July, and was launched at a stylish reception at Tarbet Pier attended by dignitaries and officials on Friday, October 6.
Weighing 50 tonnes, the vessel measures 16.5m long, 5.3m wide and 6m high and will carry up to 120passengers. This brings the Cruise Loch Lomond fleet of boats up to eight with a total passenger capacity of 700 passengers to cater for a diverse range of tour programmes for UK and international visitors featuring Loch Lomond.
Stuart Cordner, Director of Cruise Loch Lomond, stated: “We are delighted with the latest addition to the fleet offering increased capacity for travel trade and flexibility for private and corporate functions on board.’’
He added: ’’The company has experienced a marked increase in visitor numbers in the last 12 months both from the domestic and overseas visitor markets which can be attributed to factors such as favourable exchange rates, successful overseas and destination marketing campaigns as well as an increase in flight connections to Scotland. Further investment in the tourism product offering and new collaborations with local businesses have also helped to make 2017 a positive year to date.”
James Fraser, Chairman of Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, who launched the MV Lomond Monarch, said: “I am pleased to welcome this latest addition to the Cruise Loch Lomond fleet of passenger boats and wish this long established family business every success as they continue to expand and innovate to meet of increasingly discerning visitors to Loch Lomond.’’
‘’Loch Lomond is facing greater competition from other destinations and it is important that local business continue to invest in product innovation. Cruise Loch Lomond has done just this on a consistent basis over the years and this latest addition to their cruising fleet will ensure they are well positioned to grow their flourishing business.”