Loch Ness by Jacobite: January 2015

Clansman Harbour in snow, seen from Loch Ness

Clansman Harbour in snow, seen from Loch Ness

Dear readers, we’d like to wish you and all our customers, colleagues and followers a very Happy New Year from all at Jacobite.

Our start to 2015 has included some difficult weather conditions here in the Scottish Highlands, as many have experienced, including storms, power failures, and plenty of snow as you can see in the header picture of one of our departure points, the Clansman Harbour taken recently – all sent to challenge us but we’ve managed, so thanks for your patience and support when we have not been able to sail due to high winds.

If you’ve been following us on Facebook you might have caught a glimpse of our new boat, which we’re very excited about, and which is currently undergoing a facelift! We hope to have her up and running for this summer – more news on this to come.

This month we were also delighted to welcome our 2500th Facebook liker, Debbie Jarman, who is now the proud owner of a mini Jacobite Jess. Debbie has sailed with Jacobite before and we look forward to welcoming Debbie back to Loch Ness again to sail with us this year.

Jess reached Debbie in Kent safely!

Jess reached Debbie in Kent safely!

You’ll be glad to hear that our monthly Monsterselfie photo competition continues for 2015. Visitor Elana Nichols was one of the first to share her Jacobite #monsterselfie with us for 2015 which we’re sure you’ll agree is a great one!

Elana's Jacobite #monsterselfie - brilliant!

Elana’s Jacobite #monsterselfie – brilliant!

Elana was also kind enough to write a great blog post about her trip with Jacobite – definitely worth a read!

You can also see more #monsterselfie pics and photos of us on our new Instagram account– why not follow us there and share photos of your Jacobite Loch Ness cruise with us?

If you’re planning a Loch Ness trip this year and need more information about our Loch Ness tours and cruises then why not check out the information on our website, read our Trip Advisor reviews or chat to us on Facebook or Twitter? Or you might like to watch our videos on YouTube – we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to welcoming new and returning visitors to Loch Ness this year and to seeing your smiles on the Loch!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Jacobite Cruises

Merry Christmas from Jacobite

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Jacobite!

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers, colleagues, friends and followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Jacobite.

We look forward to welcoming new and returning visitors to the delights of Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands in 2015.

Why not take a moment to join us on Facebook, chat to us on Twitter, follow us on Instagram or browse our tours and cruises on the Jacobite website to help with your trip planning – we’d be delighted to answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard in 2015.

People of China to rename Scottish landmarks & attractions including Loch Ness Monster

Jacobite Queen on Loch Ness at Urquhart Castle

Jacobite Queen on Loch Ness at Urquhart Castle

23 nominated Scottish places, people, things and attractions revealed

The Loch Ness Monster, Highland Games, Glen Coe, Haggis and The Willow Team Rooms all make the list

Ever wondered what your name would be in mandarin? Well now 23 points of interest in Scotland, which currently don’t have a Mandarin name, are being put forward – as part of a wider list of British locations – to be named by the Chinese for VisitBritain’s new ‘GREAT names for GREAT Britain’ campaign.

In China it is popular to give names to favourite celebrities, places and foods that give a literal description of what Chinese people think about these things. For example, British actor and Sherlock Holmes star, Benedict Cumberbatch, has been affectionately named ‘Curly Fu’. So in a campaign first for a national tourist board, VisitBritain and VisitScotland are inviting Chinese tourists to come up with the most fitting, amusing and memorable mandarin names for some of Scotland’s most loved attractions.

Revealed recently on VisitBritain’s Chinese social media platforms (Weibo/WeChat), the expanded list 101 British landmarks featuring in the £1.6m campaign (full Scottish list below) cover a wide range of locations and will be released in groups of ten each week. The first batch covers points of interest with a royal connection and the process itself will last ten weeks.

Highlights from Scotland’s shortlist include Eilean Donan Castle, Glennfinan Viaduct and the wonders of Fingal’s Cave, not forgetting Jacobite’s personal favourite, Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.

Scotland will be celebrating its Year of Food and Drink in 2015 so traditional favourites such as haggis, Loch Fyne, Arbroath Smokies and The Malt Whisky Trail are all on the list, along with key events The Highland Games and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Themes for the campaign are: royal, quirky, shopping/luxury, events, film & literature, countryside, natural wonders, history & castles, food & drink. Chinese visitors will engage with the campaign through a specially developed microsite and on social media.

Names for 101 suggested points of interest can be submitted on the campaign microsite, where those with the most “loves” win prizes and the chance to have their names recognised in Britain. The idea is that travellers will then come to Britain and post photos of themselves experiencing a point of interest, along with their suggested Chinese name on VisitBritain’s Chinese social media channels (WeChat and Weibo).

All the new Chinese names are likely to be unveiled in March 2015. In the meantime all suggestions are welcomed by tweeting #greatnames.

Watch the short video here or visit the campaign site: www.visitbritain.com/greatnames

Full Scotland List

Loch Ness Monster (Nessie)
The Willow Tea Rooms
Arbroath Smokies
Malt Whisky Trail
Loch Fyne
Fingal’s Cave
Glen Coe
The Style Mile
George Street
The National Wallace Monument
Eilean Donan Castle
Culzean Castle
Glenfinnan Viaduct
The Elephant House
Royal Mile
Balmoral Castle & Estate
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Highland Games
The Kelpies
Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park
Cairngorms National Park

Some well-known British people, things and attractions named already include:

Stonehenge – Ju Shi Zhen (Huge stone clusters)
Big Ben – Da Ben Zhong
Benedict Cumberbatch (British actor) – Curly Fu
Edinburgh – Ai Ding Bao 爱丁堡 (meaning a castle named Ai Ding)
The Gherkin – Xiao Huang Gua 小黄瓜 (the pickled little cucumber)
London Eye – Lun Dun Yan 伦敦眼
Shakespeare – Sha Weng 莎翁 (Mr.Sha)
Mr.Bean (British character) – Han Dou 憨豆 (Funny beans)
Beatles – Pi Tou Shi 披头士 (meaning Gentlemen with long hair)
Fish & Chips – Zha Yu Shu Tiao 炸鱼薯条

Jacobite Cruises Monsterselfie Competition Winner November 2014

Jen's winning Jacobite #monsterselfie photo entry

Jen’s winning Jacobite #monsterselfie photo entry

Congratulations to Jen Burden on winning our November Jacobite Loch Ness #monsterselfie competition!

Jen wins an Amazon voucher worth £25 plus a Jacobite goody bag for the great photo of Jen’s two sons aboard their Loch Ness cruise with Jacobite in November.

Jen shared the photo with us via Twitter, but you can also share your monthly competition entries with us via Facebook and Instagram too.

Jacobite received some great entries for November’s competition – check them out in our Facebook album.

Fancy entering the last Jacobite #monsterselfie photo competition of 2014 for the chance to win prizes and get your photo on to our blog?

Find out how to enter here, pick up a free frame on board, make your own unique #monsterselfie then share it with us via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

As it’s the season to be jolly, we’d love to see some festive #monsterselfie photos from your trips with us on Loch Ness!

Check out and follow Jacobite Cruises on Instagram.



Jacobite Jess Meets Paddington Bear on Loch Ness

Paddington Bear and Jacobite Jess on Loch Ness

Paddington Bear and Jacobite Jess on Loch Ness

The Jacobite Cruises team were delighted to welcome Paddington Bear recently, when he travelled all the way from Paddington Station, London, to experience Loch Ness by Jacobite.

Jacobite Jess was Paddington’s guide for the trip, and they managed to get out and about on Loch Ness which Paddington really enjoyed -they also got a photo for our monthly #monsterselfie photo competition.

Paddington and Jess make a Jacobite #monsterselfie

Paddington and Jess make a Jacobite #monsterselfie

The visit was part of the #PaddingtonsBritain campaign timed to coincide with the new Paddington film, following the adventures of the famous bear who arrives at Paddington Station all the way from Peru.

From November 2014 to January 2015 there will be a competition at www.visitbritain.com/paddington plus itineraries to travel to towns across Britain by train reachable via Paddington station, and of course, where to find the best marmalade.

Make sure you follow Jacobite on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with Paddington on his Loch Ness adventures. If you are lucky enough to have a Paddington of your own you can get involved by sharing your photos on social media using the hashtag #PaddingtonsBritain

Interested in creating your own Jacobite #monsterselfie photo? Why not pick up a frame when sailing with us and enter our monthly competition for the chance to win prizes?

You can experience Loch Ness all year with Jacobite – check out our tours and book online.

What Jacobite Cruises Visitors Love about Loch Ness

Jacobite visitors on Loch Ness

Jacobite visitors on Loch Ness

As we settle into Autumn and Winter, we head into slightly quieter, less busier times on Loch Ness.

This is a time for us to review how our summer season has gone, including our customer feedback, but the work doesn’t stop! The Jacobite team is now planning for next year and for future seasons, to continue to improve and enhance the visitor experience. Our visitors come to experience Loch Ness from all over the world, not forgetting our local visitors right here in Inverness and around Loch Ness.

As Jacobite sails and operates tours all year, we’re still here for those who want to enjoy Loch Ness in quieter times and with a different feel to their visit, visiting us in Autumn and Winter. It’s also a great time for our neighbours, local visitors and residents to get on board and perhaps try something new that’s right on their doorstep!

It’s important to find out what our visitors have enjoyed the most about their experience of Loch Ness and also, of course take both the positive and the negative and use this customer feedback to keep developing the high quality experience which we work hard to deliver to our visitors.

Jacobite visitors enjoying photo opportunities on Loch Ness

Jacobite visitors enjoying photo opportunities on Loch Ness

It’s great to know that our visitors appreciate our friendly and helpful staff, they love the incredible Loch Ness scenery and the changing light, the feeling of peace and tranquillity being on the water, being able to relax and chill out on our boats, and that they appreciate that ‘wow’ feeling when arriving at Urquhart Castle from the water.

Thank you to all our visitors for coming to experience Loch Ness with us, many returning to see us again this year. We look forward to welcoming more of you this coming season. We thought you’d like to read what some of our visitors have said about Loch Ness with Jacobite:

“There is nothing better than feeling the breeze through your hair on a boat in an idyllic location. I enjoyed this cruise. Photo opportunities and stopping by Urquhart Castle to take some photos from the water was fabulous. Loch Ness is a must do when in town”.

View of Loch Ness from Urquhart Castle

View of Loch Ness from Urquhart Castle

“Found this a relaxing cruise. It was great to just sit and be able to see the beautiful scenery without worrying about the traffic. Commentary was also good. We enjoyed the ruins of Urquhart castle and the guide was excellent. His job seemed more like his hobby”.

“This is a must see for anyone visiting Inverness. Loch Ness looks even more beautiful from on the water”.

“Brilliant cruise, but bring warm clothing. The weather was great, as were the views along the canal and Loch Ness. The arrival at Urquhart Castle is amazing, with the lone piper playing on the ramparts, quite moving. No Nessie, but would strongly recommend the tour. Alison, the bus driver kept us all entertained on the way back to Inverness”.

Thinking of touring or sailing with Jacobite Cruises at any time of the year?  Read our visitor feedback on Trip Advisor or ask questions about your trip via Twitter or Facebook – we’re happy to help.

Jacobite Cruises Monsterselfie Competition Winner September 2014

Emma's winning Jacobite #monsterselfie

Emma’s winning Jacobite #monsterselfie

Our MONSTER congratulations go to Emma Davies of Wales who wins our Jacobite #monsterselfie photo competition for September!

Emma and her partner Martyn enjoyed a great day out on Loch Ness on their Passion tour recently and they shared some great photos with us via Twitter.

Emma's view of Loch Ness from Urquhart Castle

Emma’s view of Loch Ness from Urquhart Castle

Emma says she was particularly delighted to hear from Jacobite, as she told us on Twitter and Facebook that she never wins anything – she has done now! An Amazon voucher worth £25 plus a Jacobite goody bag is on the way to Emma – well done and we hope you enjoy your prizes!

Thank you to all of our visitors who entered our September #monsterselfie competition –you can see all the entries on the Jacobite Facebook page.

Fancy entering our Jacobite #monsterselfie photo competition for October?  Find out more.

Sailors and Runners on Loch Ness

Marathon runner Malcolm at Loch Ness, September 2014

Marathon runner Malcolm at Loch Ness, September 2014

Jacobite Cruises was delighted to welcome some additional visitors to Loch Ness during the annual Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running on the weekend of Sunday 28th September.

Visitor and marathon runner Malcolm Collins travelled from Swinton to run in the Loch Ness marathon but managed to make time for a trip on Loch Ness with Jacobite before taking part in the race.

Runner and blogger Malcolm has completed marathons all over the world including London, New York, Chicago, Rotterdam, Tromso (Norway) and Paris and he is also planning to run 10 official marathons in 10 days, from the 8th to 17th May 2015 for the charity, the Brathay Trust, which works to improve the life chances of children and young people – an impressive challenge.

Malcolm enjoyed his cruise on Loch Ness so much that he wrote about us in his blog. Despite the water being quite choppy (it was a windy day) Malcolm found the cruise smooth and comfortable and also commented on how dark the water was, due to the peat and the depth of the water.

We understand that Malcolm was a little bit disappointed that he didn’t get to see Nessie on Loch Ness but he was happy to recommend taking a Loch Ness cruise with Jacobite, and we thank him for writing about us in his blog. (Photographs courtesy of Malcolm – we hope he doesn’t mind us sharing them!)

The story has a happy ending, because, more importantly Malcolm completed the Loch Ness Marathon, saying,“Was it worth all the logistics to do this point to point race?” Well my answer is a resounding definite 100% YES!” and guess what –we believe that Malcolm did indeed find Nessie (although perhaps not quite the one he had been looking for!) Well done Malcolm on completing the Loch Ness Marathon, for coming to sail with us and for sharing this in your blog!

Malcolm finds Nessie

Malcolm finds Nessie

Read more about Malcolm’s Loch Ness marathon experience in his Blog – you can also see it mentioned on our Facebook page.

Jacobite sails all year – find out more about our tours and cruises.

Jacobite Cruises Monsterselfie Competition Winner August 2014

Here at Jacobite we were delighted to announce another fantastic Loch Ness #monsterselfie photo competition winner for August.

Congratulations to Adam from Edinburgh, our August winner, for his fantastic photo of travelling companion Amy shared with us via Twitter.

Adam wins a £25 Amazon voucher and a Jacobite goody bag – we hope you enjoy your prizes, Adam!

Jacobite #monsterselfie competition winner August 2014.

Adam’s photo of Amy -Jacobite #monsterselfie winner for August 2014.

Thank you to all of our visitors who took the time to share their #monsterselfie photos with us via Facebook and Twitter-.

See them for yourselves in our Facebook photo albums. Fancy entering our September competition to share your photos for the chance to win prizes?

Pick up a free Jacobite #monsterselfie photo frame from our crew on your sailing, take your own unique photos either on board or why not use the magical backdrop of Urquhart Castle when you visit with us? Share your photos and say hello to us on Facebook or Twitter.

We look forward to seeing your very own special Jacobite Loch Ness #monsterselfie pics – find out more on our Competition page.


Rainy Day Activities on Loch Ness with Jacobite Cruises

Jacobite Warrior

Aboard the Jacobite Warrior, Loch Ness

Think that a Loch Ness cruise with Jacobite Cruises is only worth taking on a sunny day? Then think again!

Jacobite has got plenty of ideas and activities to keep adults and kids occupied and because we sail all year, we’re used to dealing with the Scottish weather.

You’ll find suggestions in the Questions page on our website to tell you what to wear when you sail with us. It’s a good idea always to wear layers as it can get chilly or breezy when you’re out on deck.

Here are some suggestions for what you can see and do on a trip on Loch Ness with Jacobite on rainy days.

  • While on board, stay inside in our comfortable heated cabins and enjoy a Costa Coffee, hot chocolate with whisky, a dram, locally brewed beer, some Scottish tablet or a snack. Our friendly staff can advise you on our Monster munchies!
  • Hunt for Nessie on our sonar screens – all Jacobite boats are equipped with sonar to let you search.
Checking out the sonar

Checking out the sonar

  •  Learn more about Jacobite and Loch Ness in the leaflets you’ll find on board, in several languages, or chat to our crew who will be happy to answer your questions.
  • If you’re on the Jacobite Warrior, check out our gifts including Jacobite Jess, baseball caps, a notebook for your Nessie sightings, a compass key-ring to help you navigate around the loch and other goodies.
  • Make your own unique #monsterselfie photo with our free frames and enter our monthly competition for the chance to win prizes!
jacobite crew make a #monsterselfie

Jacobite crew make a #monsterselfie

  • Read the Jacobite guest book on board, write your own feedback and tell us about your experience of Loch Ness by Jacobite.
  • Younger visitors can enjoy a free activity pack for drawing and colouring and find out more about Jacobite Jess, Nessie’s cousin.
Having fun on board

Having fun on board

  • If you’re lucky (and you ask nicely), the Skipper may let you into the wheelhouse to have a go at sailing the boat!

My turn to sail the boat!

  • If your cruise is stopping at Urquhart Castle, then it’s a short walk up to the Visitor Centre which has plenty to keep you occupied in the exhibition, shop and cafe, fabulous views over Loch Ness, and a breath-taking surprise…
Jacobite Warrior facing Urquhart Castle

Jacobite Warrior at Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

  • Bring your dog to enjoy the experience with you. Well behaved dogs are welcome on our Inspiration, Reflection and Contemplation cruises. (Please note that dogs are not allowed into Urquhart Castle or on the Jacobite coaches except for disability assistance).
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Loch Ness can look pretty spectacular in any weather, and rainy days change the light and shade.

You can book online with us, and if you have questions about your trip, ask us on Facebook or Twitter.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard.