Visit Scotland: New luxury sailing experience

Published on : Friday, May 6, 2016

Visit-Scotland-Business-TourismThe launch last week of Loch Lomond Boating Holidays heralds the start of an exciting new opportunity for visitors to enjoy unique luxury cruising experiences on one of Scotland’s most spectacular and most popular waterways.

Officially launched on Thursday 28th April, Loch Lomond Boating Holidays enables the stunning attractions of Loch Lomond to be explored in supreme style and comfort by chartering a splendid Linssen Grand Sturdy motor cruiser.  Linssen is a market leader in the steel boat building sector and is renowned for its superior quality and product innovation.

The cruiser, ‘Aries’, which is based at Cameron House Marina, is a 36.9 foot vessel offering first-class facilities and accommodation, with two beautifully fitted en-suite cabins and a saloon finished in deluxe wooden panelling and leather upholstery. Charters can either be ‘bare boat’ – allowing guests to sail the vessel themselves – or with a hired skipper.

Bare boat charters, which are available for three, four or seven days, enable guests to choose what to see and do from the wide host of options that Loch Lomond offers.  They can sail around the tranquil waters, exploring many of the island gems in the Loch Lomond crown, stop off at a selection of riparian pubs and hotels to sample quality local ales and fayre, enjoy a round of golf on one of the area’s world-renowned courses, or get close to nature spotting the area’s abundant flora and fauna or discovering its many lochside walks and cycle tracks.

Full-day or half-day skippered charters enable guests to leave the helm in the very capable hands of a local sailing expert who can guide them to some of Loch Lomond’s less accessible tranquil locations, perhaps to savour with a picnic hamper of fresh local produce or seafood.

The launch of Loch Lomond Boating Holidays at Cameron House Hotel Marina was attended by a number of business owners and stakeholders from the tourism sector in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and the surrounding region.

Officiating at the event was Dr Mike Cantlay OBE, whose six-year term as Chairman of VisitScotland recently ended.

Dr Mike Cantlay said:

Loch Lomond provides an absolutely idyllic setting for sailing enthusiasts.  At the heart of Scotland’s first National Park, it’s not only the largest expanse of freshwater in Britain but is also characterised by stunning landscapes and some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland. The loch boasts a total of 22 islands, four of which are inhabited, and many have sheltered inlets and sandy beaches as well as ruined castles and Nature Reserves. That means there’s a huge amount to explore on a sailing holiday or trip – and what better way of doing that than on board a marvellous chartered luxury motor cruiser?

Stuart Cordner and Fred Moore of operators Cruise Loch Lomond and John Davies of Loch Lomond Boating Holidays are to be congratulated on creating this superb and unique product which will further strengthen the tourism offering of Loch Lomond as an absolutely outstanding visitor destinationI wish Loch Lomond Boating Holidays every success.”

Loch Lomond Boating Holidays aims to capitalise on the cross-marketing opportunities that exist with the new Cameron House Marina and Loch Lomond Seaplanes, as well as building on successful collaborations with riparian companies and other tourism and hospitality businesses in the region.

VisitScotland Regional Director David Adams McGilp said:

“The Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework for Scotland’s Marine Tourism Sector, ‘Awakening the Giant’ – which was  launched last year by Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism Fergus Ewing MSP – outlines the potential and opportunity to grow Scotland’s reputation as a world-class marine tourism destination on both coastal and inland waterways in order to achieve real economic benefits.

The development of this exciting new Loch Lomond luxury charter venture is a great example of how businesses can capitalise on the potential outlined in the strategy and reap the benefits – by targeting specific market sectors and creating quality products which will create demand and attract more visitors. I am sure that ‘Aries’ – which is a superb vessel and wonderful marine tourism asset – will do just that and will be in great demand.”

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