Posts for July 2013

Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Monday 8th Jul 2013

TripAdvisorWe are delighted to have received this prestigious award for Crannog Restaurant for 2013.

Thank you to all our guests for taking the time to post your comments on TripAdvisor as this award is the result of consistently great reviews from people like you! We are delighted that so many of our guests are passionate about their food and have enjoyed Crannog Restaurant so much.

“5 Star Rating, 5 Star Experience”

‘This restaurant is as good as it gets: location to die for, cosy ambience, very attentive and pleasant staff and the food is the real deal. Seafood choice (and other choices) second to none and dishes virtually jumping from Loch to Plate! Original owner/management still retain the winning formula. Unmissable if visiting Fort William.’

Reviewed 15 June 2013

Leave a comment below with your Crannog experience, or follow this link to post a review or read previous reviews on TripAdvisor. We look forward to hearing from you!


Meet the Skippers from Crannog’s Cruise Boat, Souters Lass

Thursday 4th Jul 2013

The staff onboard our cruise boat are some of the friendliest, cheeriest team you could wish to meet. They are ready to welcome you aboard, ensure your safety and answer any questions you may have about our cruise and what you can see from the boat. The crew are led by one of our 3 qualified and knowledgeable skippers David Mackie, Jamie Ball and Brian Williamson:

David Mackie Skipper and wildlife expert, David, has worked skippering Souters Lass for the last 10 years. He is qualified with a Boat Master Tier 1 Level 2 with a General Passenger Endorsement. He can cope with everything from engine maintenance to identifying seabirds.
“I love being aboard Souters Lass. Once you leave the pier you can really start to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the sea”.

Jamie Ball Jamie Ball has been working with Crannog Cruises for most of his adult life! He started as a member of the crew and then became skipper at the age of 23. Jamie was involved in the early restoration of Souters Lass, enjoying tackling all maintenance issues. Although he now runs his own business, he still enjoys working part time onboard this historic vessel.

Brian Williamson Brain Williamson is a well-known local skipper who has been in charge of all kinds of boats, from traditional sailing boats to a huge 39 metre holiday barge and, of course, Souters Lass. He spends many months each year in Turkey where he heads during the winter to escape the snow of Fort William.


If you have any questions for any one of our skippers, please leave a comment below and they’ll get back to you. Alternatively, come and join one of our cruises which depart daily at 10am, 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm and you can join them in the wheel house.

Evening cruises operate throughout July and August and depart at 7.30pm. Take a look at our website for more information or leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you!


Welcome to our very first blog post!

Thursday 4th Jul 2013

Thank you for visiting our blog.

Crannog Restaurant and CruisesHere we will keep you up to date with all that’s going on at Crannog Restaurant and Cruises. Please feel free to contribute with any comments and ideas to keep us up to speed.

The blog posts will vary and are likely to include information about the restaurant including our staff, latest menus, recipes from our chefs, seafood and a bit about our history. This, along with cruising topics such as wildlife, the Jacobite Steam Train, living in Fort William – the Outdoor Capital of the UK – and skippering Souters Lass, are ideas we have started to compile. There is plenty to blog about in relation to this family friendly all-weather activity.

We would be delighted for you to send us any photos, tell us any unusual sightings you have seen from Souters Lass or about the amazing food you’ve tasted in our restaurant.

To give us your suggestions or feedback you can leave a comment below or email us on


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