Share a Loch Ness #monsterselfie with Jacobite Cruises for the chance to win prizes!

Making a  monsterselfie with jacobite on Loch Ness

Make and share your very own special Loch Ness #monsterselfie with Jacobite and share it with us in our monthly competition for the chance to win prizes!

Just pick up a #monsterselfie frame on board or ask a member of our friendly crew.

Jacobite Jess making her #monsterselfie on Loch Ness.

You might even find one of the crew wants to join you in the photo or maybe you want to include Jacobite Jess or Urquhart Castle in your photos? The more creative, the better – check our Facebook page for updates to the competition.

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To enter the competition, upload your #monsterselfie photo to our Facebook page or tweet @jacobitecruises and include your #monsterselfie photo with the appropriate message for the competition. Get more details on our Competition page.

Each month we’ll choose one lucky winner, who’ll receive a £25 Amazon voucher and a goody bag of Jacobite gifts.

Jacobite customers and crew have had great fun creating their #monsterselfie photos so far – what will yours look like?

Happy snapping, Loch Ness lovers!

Loch Ness by Jacobite: 10 Great Reasons to Sail with Us

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Thinking of sailing with Jacobite Cruises on Loch Ness? You might want some good reasons for doing so.

So we came up with 10 that you might like:

1.    We sail all year – come rain or shine, you’ll find our trips on Loch Ness available.
2.    We have free wifi on all three of our boats – capture your #lochness brilliant moments and share them!
3.    Book online without a printer – just show your booking ID on your phone to the staff when you arrive.
4.    Enjoy Costa Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, snacks, sample some Whisky, buy souvenirs on board.
5.    All our boats have sonar to hunt for Nessie, toilets, heating and comfortable seating plus great photo opportunities!
6.    Well behaved dogs can enjoy Loch Ness too, on our Inspiration, Reflection and Contemplation cruises.
7.    We have plenty on board to interest younger visitors, including a free activity pack for kids.
8.    We offer discounts for students and seniors and family tickets on several trips. Children under 5 travel free.
9.    If you’re using public transport, you can connect with some of our trips from Inverness Bus station.
10.  We’ve got a great range of tours, from 1 hour to 6.5 hours, and new departure point Dochgarroch Lock for 2014.

Here’s another good reason – if you book a Jacobite tour at the same time as booking your City Sightseeing tour, you can save 50% on your City Sightseeing Tour – just do it online. (Discount applies to City Sightseeing Tour ticket price only).

Why not read our customer reviews on Trip Advisor or watch our tour videos on YouTube.

If you have more good reasons for sailing with Jacobite on Loch Ness, share them with us via Twitter or Facebook.

Jacobite looks forward to welcoming you aboard! Find out more about our cruises and tours.

Enjoy a Dram with a Loch Ness View for Whisky Month

Highland Whiskies, the Claive Vidiz Collection, Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh

Highland Whiskies, the Claive Vidiz Collection, Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh

Did you know that as part of Homecoming Scotland 2014, that the month of May is Whisky Month?

There are lots of Scotch whisky festivals, events and activities happening across Scotland in the month of May, and some beyond.

You can even join in on a Scottish tourism and travel Twitter chat, #scotlandhour, on Wednesday 28th May from 9-10pm BST to celebrate and learn more about Scotch Whisky.

When you’re sailing with Jacobite on Loch Ness you might like to enjoy a whisky with a beautiful Loch Ness view.

You can sample a ‘dram’ of Scottish Malt Whisky from our bar – (all three of our boats have bars), or like several of our customers, perhaps you’d prefer a hot chocolate with a dash of whisky? If you have a sweet tooth, you might like to sample some delicious Loch Ness tablet.  (Which will also go well with your whisky).

And when you’ve finished your dram, don’t forget to go out on deck and enjoy some fine Highland air – the views are pretty good too.

Looking on to Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, with Jacobite

Looking on to Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, with Jacobite

If you’re touring the Scottish Highlands, there is also plenty of Scotch Whisky heritage to learn about, and from Inverness there are some great Scotch whisky distilleries worth visiting.

The nearest to Inverness is Glen Ord, to the west of Inverness, on the edge of the Black Isle. Or you could visit Tomatin Distillery, in the Monadhliath Mountains just south of Inverness. A little further away and north of Inverness, near to Tain, lies Glenmorangie Distillery, also worth a visit.

So let’s raise our glasses to Whisky Month.

We look forward to welcoming you on board to enjoy a dram with a wonderful Loch Ness view. Slainte!

Take the Jacobite Contemplation Tour from Dochgarroch

Jacobite Cruises Dochgarroch

Jacobite Cruises at Dochgarroch

Jacobite Cruises is delighted to welcome visitors to its newest departure point for Summer 2014, Dochgarroch Lock.

This new addition means that Jacobite Cruises now offer tours and cruises which sail from three locations: The Clansman Harbour at Drumnadrochit, Tomnhahurich Bridge and Dochgarroch (don’t forget some of our tours pick up at Inverness Bus Station).

If you’re travelling by car to Dochgarroch from Inverness, follow the A82 signs for Fort William then continue on the A82 and approximately 3 miles after you leave Inverness, you’ll see the turn-off for Dochgarroch Lock on your left hand side.

Jacobite Queen at Dochgarroch

Jacobite Queen at Dochgarroch

From Dochgarroch, visitors can enjoy our Contemplation tour, which runs from 2nd June – 24th August 2014.

This two-hour tour offers panoramic views of the lovely Aldourie Castle, and the historic ruins of Urquhart Castle and of course, visitors can search for hidden happenings beneath the water on the Jacobite sonar.

Cruise Departure times from Dochgarroch Lock

10:30 11:00 14:00 14:30

Cruise Return times to Dochgarroch Lock

12:30 13:00 16:00 16:30

Find information, prices and watch a video of the Contemplation tour here. Book online or chat with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Did you know….all of the Jacobite boats now offer free wifi on board? Tweet tweet….

Two Jacobite Crew Help in RNLI Loch Ness Rescue

RNLI Loch Ness Rescue

RNLI Loch Ness Rescue

Three charity canoeists were rescued on Loch Ness recently by RNLI volunteers including Jacobite crew members Stuart Latham and Linda Ross.

The three canoeists became stranded on a rock face after the canoe they were in capsized in chilling conditions on Loch Ness. The group’s open Canadian canoe was swamped in rough conditions leaving them facing a freezing night in wet clothes on a tiny rocky outcrop at the southern end of the loch.

No other vessels were due in the area until the following day and the first attempts to call for help by mobile phone failed to make a connection. One of the three men had a German mobile phone with roaming facility and was eventually able to call 999.

Loch Ness RNLI lifeboat volunteers Jamie Young, Stuart Latham and Garry MacLeod were dispatched to the incident three miles north of Fort Augustus. The location was at the foot of a steep rock face in a location only reachable by boat.

Luckily, the lifeboat volunteers were able to pluck the three cold and wet paddlers from the rocks and take them immediately to a waiting ambulance crew at Fort Augustus pier. Local Coastguard volunteers assisted with the care of the individuals and even managed to sort accommodation for them locally.

RNLI Loch Ness volunteer crew member, Jamie Young said:

“It is hard to believe that they would have survived the night in that location considering they were soaking wet and had been separated from their emergency equipment.”

The whole rescue process was coordinated by the duty watch team at HM Coastguard Aberdeen.

Watch a video of the rescue operation here.

Follow the Loch Ness RNLI Team on Facebook

Hop on and Hop off for Best of Loch Ness and Inverness

City Sightseeing Inverness

City Sightseeing Inverness

We believe the best way to experience Loch Ness is by boat: amazing views, fresh air, the opportunity to spot wildlife and take photos.

So what’s the best way to experience our lovely city of Inverness? On a big red double decker bus, of course!

We’re delighted to see the City Sightseeing Inverness tour service has returned for the season, running until 27th September 2014, and operating 7 days a week. There are tickets for students, seniors and families and you can book online – tickets are valid for 24 hours.

The best thing about City Sightseeing Inverness is that you can hop on and hop off at any stop on the route which means it’s flexible and you can also connect with Jacobite Cruises for a great day out.  City Sightseeing Inverness bus tours are a great way to enjoy and discover Inverness, capital of the Highlands of Scotland.

Travelling along the River Ness

Travelling along the River Ness

The sightseeing tour takes in castles, churches, and contemporary Inverness too. Get an insight into the historic buildings of Church Street, travel along the River Ness to admire the views, continue on to the Caledonian Canal Locks or jump off for a spot of shopping at the Holm Mills Shopping Village.

On the Western outskirts of Inverness you will see Tomnahurich Hill and cross the Caledonian Canal, where you could hop off for a Jacobite Cruise on Loch Ness before taking the higher ground for great panoramic views of Kessock Bridge, The Black Isle and the Inverness Firth out to Fort George.

Cruise on the Jacobite Queen on Loch Ness

Cruise on the Jacobite Queen on Loch Ness

What’s more, if you book a Jacobite tour at the same time as booking your City Sightseeing tour, you can save 50% on your City Sightseeing Tour – just do it online. (Discount applies to City Sightseeing Tour ticket price only).

Check out the timetable and buy tickets for City Sightseeing Inverness

Check out Jacobite tours and cruises

Chat to us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us about your Loch Ness and Inverness tour experiences – we look forward to welcoming you.

Springtime Collaboration and Contemplation on Loch Ness

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Jacobite Cruises welcomes the arrival of Spring on Loch Ness and has spent a fair bit of time, like most tourism businesses at this time of the year, getting ready to welcome visitors to Inverness and Loch Ness for the Easter holidays and beyond.

We hope this year is a busy and exciting year for Scottish tourism, the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014; and we’re looking forward to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games  – today marks only 100 days to go until the start of the games – and other major events in Scotland, including the 2014 Ryder Cup and many more.

As we work together with several local accommodation providers who send their guests to us to sail on Loch Ness we wanted to recognise the importance of working together and to celebrate Spring – so we were inspired to do it with good old fashioned poetry and flowers!

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Thank you to our local business colleagues for their messages via Facebook and Twitter, including The Pentahotel Inverness and the Creevale Bed and Breakfast in Inverness for the photos of the flowers which we’ve shared here.

Spring 2014 brings a new, additional departure point for Jacobite at the scenic Dochgarroch Lock, with a new 2 hour tour, Contemplation, departing from Dochgarroch, offering panoramic views of Aldourie Castle and Urquhart Castle – well worth the trip!

Together with our business colleagues we hope to entice more visitors to discover the beauty of Loch Ness and its surroundings – find out more about our tours and cruises.

If you’re a local accommodation provider interested in working with us, check out the Jacobite trade site.

 

 

 

 

Jacobite Cruises at VisitScotland Expo 2014

The Jacobite stand at VisitScotland Expo 2014

The Jacobite stand at VisitScotland Expo 2014

Some of the Jacobite team were at VisitScotland Expo at Glasgow’s SECC last week.

VisitScotland Expo is Scotland’s largest travel trade fair, where buyers come from all over the world to check out what’s new in terms of Scottish travel and tourism. It’s a chance to meet up with new contacts from around the globe, and catch up with the Scottish travel industry – a great two days in the Scottish tourism calendar.

Freda at VisitScotland Expo 2014

Freda at VisitScotland Expo 2014

Jess launched her #Nessietovote campaign just prior to VisitScotland Expo in Glasgow and she was delighted at the support she received from her tourism industry colleagues and those further afield.

There were photographs and interviews, people (and animals – Esmerelda, the EAE cow pictured below) wore her rosettes and badges and even Minister for Energy, Enteprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing stopped by the Jacobite Stand to have a word with owner Freda.

Esmerelda supporting Jess's campaign

Esmerelda supporting Jess’s campaign

Jess got lots of mentions on Twitter too, and her campaign made into the Scotsman newspaper – so all in all she was very pleased that #Nessietovote captured the imagination of many others.

Lisa supporting #nessietovote

Lisa supporting #nessietovote

Freda caught up with Irish radio presenter David Gordon of Travelbites Radio and chatted to him, along with other Scottish tour providers, about Jacobite Cruises and what trips Jacobite offer –listen to the interview here.

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Jess ready to head back to Inverness

It’s a busy time for the Jacobite crew too, with Easter fast approaching and the start of the Spring season, and lots of customers coming to sail with us on Loch Ness over the coming months, which we are really looking forward to.

Jacobite sails all year – book online or chat to us on Facebook and Twitter.

Jacobite and Jess look forward to welcoming you to Loch Ness this year – happy sailing!

Jacobite Jess to campaign for #Nessietovote

A campaign for Scotland’s most elusive celebrity to get a vote in the independence referendum has been launched to coincide with a gathering of tourism experts in Glasgow this week.

Jess and her #Nessietovote campaign

Jess and her #Nessietovote campaign at the Scottish Parliament

According to local speculation the Loch Ness Monster may have taken the hump over missing out on the chance to help decide Scotland’s future – prompting a huff that has seen her shun all public appearances for more than a year.

The #NessieToVote campaign will get into full-swing at VisitScotland Expo at Glasgow’s SECC this week. It follows a protest by Nessie’s cousin and special envoy Jess outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Speaking at a dinner to launch the campaign, Freda Newton, director of Jacobite Cruises and backer of Nessie’s fight to be recognised as a voter, said: “Loch Ness and the international icon Nessie are two of Scotland’s biggest attractions and have been the subject of books, films, documentaries and scientific studies.

“Nessie is probably one of the greatest ambassadors for Scottish Tourism, helping attract over a million people from around the world and bringing £25 million to the Highland economy. For this reason she should be able to play a part in deciding the country’s future. And she’s recruited Jess to launch the campaign.

“Jacobite Cruises is firmly backing Nessie’s right to vote and we are encouraging others to do the same by visiting our social media channels or using the hashtag #NessieToVote. We’ll also be campaigning throughout Expo.”

If the campaign to get Nessie on the electoral register succeeds, it is thought highly unlikely the famously shy creature will reveal her voting intentions.

One supporter said: “Obviously we’ve seen the recent intervention of Kermit the Frog, taking the debate on this very important matter to slightly surreal levels.

“That’s not Nessie’s way, though – she’s all about keeping people guessing and maintaining the mystique.  If we win this thing, my guess is that it will end up being a postal or even proxy vote.”  

Jacobite Cruises is backing this campaign. Help us get Nessie the right to vote:

Follow @jacobitecruises on Twitter & tweet your support for #nessietovote

‘Like’ and share Jess’s #nessietovote message on www.facebook.com/jacobitecruises

Making Brilliant Moments on Loch Ness

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There’s nothing better than seeing our visitors enjoying themselves aboard our boats and creating their own brilliant moments on Loch Ness.

You might be thinking about sailing on Loch Ness with Jacobite this year and perhaps you’ve had a look at some of our photos or watched some of our videos or read reviews on Jacobite in Trip Advisor, but you might be asking yourself, “What exactly can I do on my Jacobite Loch Ness cruise?”

Well…apart from just breathing in the fine fresh air and drinking in those amazing, vast, apparently never-ending views of one of the most iconic lochs in the world, we think there is plenty to keep you occupied.

Everyone likes to take photos, of course, and there is plenty of room for you to get some great shots from out on the deck and even from inside the cabin.  Some visitors prefer to sit in the comfort of our cabins and enjoy the views, or perhaps enjoy a Costa Coffee, a sandwich or a snack or even sample some Scottish malt Whisky or our famous hot chocolate.  

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You can watch for hidden happenings on our sonar screens, listen to our commentary to learn more about Loch Ness, have a chat with our staff, or read more about Loch Ness in our leaflets, in lots of different languages. Sign our guest book and tell us what you liked about your trip. You can even bring your dog on some of our cruises. (You didn’t know that dogs love Loch Ness too?)

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Our younger visitors enjoy learning about Loch Ness and finding out more about Jacobite Jess and many of our visitors enjoy going up on deck to enjoy the fresh air and bracing whoosh of the waves, or get a thrill as we approach the majestic ruins of Urquhart Castle.

The best way to arrive at the stunning ruins and unique setting of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness is definitely by boat, and that’s one experience you really don’t want to miss with Jacobite.

Still interested in experiencing Loch Ness by Jacobite?

We sail all year –choose a cruise from 1 hour to 6 hours or more with lots of options, book online, or ask us questions on Facebook or Twitter.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard.