With the long summer evenings well under way, now is the perfect time to try something a little different and enjoy the spectacular views of Lochaber aboard the historic vessel, Souters Lass, as she heads off on an evening cruise from the town pier in Fort William.
Cruise west to Loch Eil
This 90 minute evening cruise departs at 7.30pm; perfectly timed to enjoy the sun as it begins to set. Souters Lass heads westerly towards Loch Eil leaving the bustling pier and restaurant for the more tranquil waters ahead. On her journey she cruises past the islands at the head of Loch Linnhe; and Corpach Basin, the head of the Caledonian Canal that connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William. The canal was constructed in the early nineteenth century by engineer Thomas Telford, and is a sister canal of the Göta Canal in Sweden, also constructed by Telford.
Souters Lass reaches “The Narrows”, a small passage way between Fort William and Treslaig, a regular nesting spot for heron. Although these large birds are easy to spot our helpful skipper will always give a hand pointing out these and the many other seabirds you will see on your evening trip. Take a look at the bird count recorded in 2012 by expert bird watcher Jon Mercer of Glen Loy Wildlife.
A glimpse of the famous ‘Harry Potter’ steam train
As the boat travels a mile or so more, it passes the new BSW Sawmill, one the largest and most advanced sawmill sites operating anywhere in the UK. Next the water widens and the full size and width of Loch Eil comes into sight. Usually there is time to cruise further westward; perhaps as far as the mussel farm before turning to head towards the railway. Here the famous Jacobite Steam Train travels along the West Coast Railway; arguably the world’s greatest rail journey by steam. Timing is important to catch a glimpse of the Harry Potter-style coaches and the pillar of steam from this special train as it heads back to Fort William.
Our cruise boat turns to head for home displaying the full splendor of the Ben towering above the loch. On a beautiful summer’s evening the fantastic views are enjoyed throughout the journey home; all the time until her ropes are secured at its berth alongside the town pier!
Our evening cruises aboard Souters Lass depart Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at 7.30pm from 1st July until the end of August in 2015.
Should you need to speak to our crew, call directly on 01397 700714