Loch Lomond cruise firm launches new boat after steep increase in visitor numbers

The newest vessel to carry passengers on Loch Lomond was launched last weekend.

The MV Lomond Monarch completed the final leg of a journey from Loch Ness to arrive at her new home at the beginning of July, and was launched at a reception at Tarbet Pier attended by dignitaries and officials.

Weighing 50 tonnes, the 16.5-metre vessel will carry up to 120 passengers and brings the Cruise Loch Lomond fleet of boats up to eight.

Stuart Cordner, director of Cruise Loch Lomond, said: “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.

“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, launched the MV Lomond Monarch, said: “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.”

Stuart Cordner (left) and James Fraser (second left) are pictured launching MV Lomond Monarch, alongside Cruise Loch Lomond directors Fred Moore and Marie Cordner.