Loch Ness by Jacobite: All Hands on Deck for Spring 2015

Jacobite Queen

Dear Loch Ness by Jacobite fans and followers

Here at Jacobite it has been all hands on deck getting boats ready for the 2015 Spring season.

Our fleet of boats have been getting a makeover during the winter season, with the Jacobite Queen having the floor re-sanded and a lick of paint on the interiors.

Our main office has now re-located to Dochgarroch Lock where our new boat the Jacobite Rebel will operate from.  At present the Jacobite Rebel is getting a complete makeover at Macduff ship yards to make her fit in seamlessly to the current Jacobite Fleet when she comes into service in June.


Our customers continue to show how creative and imaginative they can be, in our monthly Jacobite #monsterselfie photography competition. The Jacobite team really enjoys seeing the endlessly innovative ways in which our customers use the #monsterselfie photo frame to make their own unique photos and Loch Ness memories.

We thought you’d like to see our December/January #monsterselfie photography competition winner Cassandra’s stylish winning entry from Instagram – what a great photo!  Our lucky Jacobite monthly photo competition winners receive a £25 Amazon voucher plus a Jacobite goody bag.


We were delighted to see Cassandra sharing a photo of her Jacobite ‘booty’ when her prize arrived – looks like Jess made it in one piece – thanks for sharing with us, Cassandra!

cassandra gift Jacobite

Find out more about the Jacobite #monsterselfie photo competition and how to enter.

Find out more about Jacobite cruises and Loch Ness tours.

We look forward to the onset of Spring and lots more visitors returning to our beloved Loch Ness – remember to chat to us via Twitter or Facebook.

Loch Ness Monster Gets New Mandarin Name in time for Chinese New Year

Jacobite boat on Loch Ness

Jacobite boat on Loch Ness

The Jacobite team are delighted to discover that our beloved Loch Ness Monster (or Nessie as she is affectionately known) now has a new name in Mandarin.

After ten weeks of voting across China, the results of VisitBritain’s £1.6 million ‘GREAT Names for GREAT Britain’ campaign are now public and just in time for the Chinese New Year celebrations, the national tourism agency has revealed the new Mandarin names for twenty-three points of interest across Scotland, as chosen by the Chinese public.

Glencoe received the third highest number of votes overall -24,505 – in the whole campaign, whilst The Highland Games was the most popular Scottish point of interest to name, with a total of 235 suggestions.

Amongst the highlights, some of our favourites are the name for Haggis (Baa- baa pudding) and Highland Games (Strong-man Skirt Party).

However our number one favourite must be reserved for Nessie, or,“Phantom of Loch Ness” as she will also now be known in Chinese.

Loch Ness Monster 尼斯魅影 Ni Si Mei Ying Phantom of Loch Ness

You can read the full list of new Chinese names here.

As part of Scotland`s Chinese New Year 2015 celebrations there will be three opportunities to see `Mulan the Musical` presented by China’s top female percussion group, the Red Poppy Ladies Percussion Group, in Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The celebrations will take place on Saturday 28th February at Eden Court, Inverness.

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.