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.

Spring Cleaning on Loch Ness

Jacobite Queen and Jacobite Warrior at Tomnahurich Bridge

Jacobite Queen and Jacobite Warrior at Tomnahurich Bridge

It’s that time of year when everyone is getting ready for the new visitor season in Scotland.

(That’s our excuse for not having blogged for a while – our apologies folks!)

At Jacobite Cruises there’s a lot of preparing, painting and tweaking going on, to make sure that our lovely boats are ready to carry new and returning visitors to Loch Ness, in this, the year of Homecoming 2014.

We’re also in the process of recruiting new seasonal staff and putting the final touches to some exciting new departures, so it’s all go, go, go.

In the top photo you can see the Jacobite Queen and the Jacobite Warrior having a rest at Tomnahurich Bridge recently, ready for some tender loving care. Did you know that Jacobite has 3 boats? The Jacobite Legend was out on Loch Ness when this picture was taken, working hard, while these two lovely creatures had a rest!

Jacobite Warrior

Jacobite Warrior

This was a relatively rare, quiet moment, when the decks and saloons were not filled with the hustle and bustle of happy passengers experiencing their own moments on Loch Ness, giving us a quiet moment for some reflection of our own.

Want to find out more about out our year-round Loch Ness tours and cruises?

Jacobite looks forward to welcoming you – check out our tours and cruises or ask us about our Loch Ness cruises on Facebook or Twitter.

Welcome Home: Loch Ness by Jacobite

Are you coming home to Scotland in 2014, or are your friends or family coming home to visit you?

You might be on the trip of a lifetime to see Loch Ness, or visiting friends and relatives in the Scottish Highlands.

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You may be coming to Scotland to experience some of the 430+ events on offer as part of Homecoming Scotland 2014.

Perhaps golf and the 2014 Ryder Cup is on your list, or you’re lucky enough to be attending the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games?

With all of these great events on the calendar, it’s an exciting year for Scotland and an exciting year for Jacobite.

We look forward to helping our visitors realise their Scotland 2014 travel plans and to ensuring that they enjoy fantastic tours and cruises on Loch Ness this year.

In the spirit of Homecoming 2014 one of our team has written a poem for you!

Our invite to you – to a land some have never seen – to the Highlands of Scotland- in the year twenty-fourteen…welcome home!

Jacobite invites you to join us on Loch Ness this year – we look forward to welcoming you aboard.

Ask us questions on Facebook or Twitter, share your travel plans with us and book online – you can sail with us all year.

Bringing in the New Year with Blogmanay

Jacobite boats on Loch Ness by customer Chris Kirby

Jacobite boats on Loch Ness by customer Chris Kirby

Happy New Year everyone, from all at Jacobite!

If you hadn’t already heard about #blogmanay in Scotland, it all started in December 2012 with Edinburgh’s Hogmanay…a group of international bloggers descended on Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland to blog about the famous Hogmanay celebrations and share their experiences via social media.

For 2013 #blogmanay got bigger and better and everyone, from individuals and locals, to businesses and more were able to get involved, using their own special #blogmanay photo frame and sharing their experiences of Scotland or events in their own area, using the #blogmanay hashtag and tweeting with @edhogmanay.

Blogmanay 2013

Blogmanay 2013

There were four groups of bloggers who travelled around Scotland to share their experiences of Hogmanay and more in Scotland: in Edinburgh, Inverness & the Highlands, Stirling & Loch Lomond, and Stonehaven.

Bloggers Matthew and Juno - photo courtesy Expert Vagabond

Bloggers Matthew and Juno en route to Inverness – photo courtesy Expert Vagabond

Jacobite was delighted to welcome international bloggers Matthew Karsten (Expert Vagabond) and Juno Kim (Runaway Juno), who were part of the team celebrating Hogmanay in the Scottish Highlands. Matthew and Juno enjoyed a sail with us on Loch Ness in early January 2014.

Blogmanay bloggers meet Jacobite Jess - photo courtesy Expert Vagabond

Blogmanay bloggers meet Jacobite Jess – photo courtesy Expert Vagabond

Not only did our blogger guests Matthew and Juno meet Jacobite Jess, they found time to visit Urquhart Castle too and take in the scenery of the Highlands. It was great to see how others experience a visit to Scotland and to our own area, particularly when it brings a big smile!

Runaway Juno at Urquhart Castle - photo by Runaway Juno.

Runaway Juno at Urquhart Castle – photo by Runaway Juno.

From our guest bloggers’ posts and photos and indeed from all the #blogmanay bloggers’ tweets, photos and more, you get a real sense of their wonder at Scotland.

It’s clear they all had a brilliant time, from their experiences of castles and coffee to fireworks, haggis, Scottish architecture, sheep, pubs and even red telephone boxes! (Read Matthew’s blog!)

We’d like to thank Matthew and Juno for coming to visit us and we wish them and all  our visitors a wonderful 2014.

Jacobite looks forward to welcoming many more of you to sail with us on Loch Ness this year, 2014, the year of Homecoming – chat to us on Twitter and Facebook and tell us about your travel plans, or ask us a question if you need advice.

Find out more about Expert Vagabond

Find out more about Runaway Juno

Check out some of the amazing #blogmanay coverage, videos and photos.

Thank you to Jacobite customer and loyal FB friend Chris Kirby for our wonderful headline image – Happy New Year Chris!

Sail the Loch, Live the Legend. Book online at www.jacobite.co.uk

 

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at Jacobite

Merry Christmas from all at Jacobite!

Merry Christmas from all at Jacobite!

Christmas is almost upon us and looking back, it’s been an amazing year here on Loch Ness for Jacobite.

We’d like to thank our colleagues, customers and visitors for making 2013 a memorable year for us and we look forward to seeing many of our repeat visitors and meeting lots of new ones in 2014, the Year of Homecoming.

Winter views of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

Winter views of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

2014 is going to be an exciting year for Scotland in terms of major events including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, and Jacobite looks forward to being part of an amazing year next year.

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays, a wonderful festive season and all the best for 2014.

Sailing with Jacobite in Winter

Sailing with Jacobite in Winter

Don’t forget that Jacobite sails all year (we’re closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day) so if you’re looking for a great day out over the festive season or a relaxing cruise on Loch Ness to clear the cobwebs away why not visit www.jacobite.co.uk to book online or give us a call.

Sail the Loch, Live the Legend.

Inverness QR Treasure Hunt

Jess and friends at the Ramada Encore Inverness Hotel

Jess and friends at the Ramada Encore Inverness Hotel

Jacobite Jess was delighted to take part in this year’s Inverness QR Treasure Hunt on Saturday 7th December.

Entrants had to scan the QR codes on their phones, then get the clues then solve them to win prizes.

Jess at the Ramada Encore Inverness Hotel

Jess at the Ramada Encore Inverness Hotel

Lots of fun was had, there were plenty of prize winners and over £600 was raised for Clic Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people and their families.

Many thanks to the Ramada Encore Inverness Hotel for a great day for all.

Enjoy a St. Andrew’s Day Out with Jacobite on Loch Ness

Jacobite St. Andrews Day Out

Jacobite St. Andrews Day out on Loch Ness

Winter: some people love this season, they even prefer it to summer.

Winter is a time for roaring log fires, hot soup, hats and gloves and comfort food. It’s also a time when as a local you might finally find the time to visit places and do tours right on your doorstep, plan those visits that you’ve been meaning to do for a long time but have just never got round to – sound familiar? It might be you want to treat a friend or family member, or surprise your loved one with a sail on Loch Ness.

You might want to take your dog, be a tourist in your own town, try a different kind of day out. Perhaps you fancy exploring a Castle, or learning something about local history and heritage from a guide?

Enjoy winter views on Loch Ness

Enjoy winter views on Loch Ness

If you sail with Jacobite and you’re lucky, we might even let you try to steer the boat! As Jacobite sails all year, you can enjoy Loch Ness with us in the quieter months and still enjoy wonderful views and a great day out.

Celebrate St. Andrew’s Day 2013 with us between 18th November and 1st December: Enjoy 2-for-1 tour tickets for the Jacobite Inspiration Tour which departs from the Clansman Harbour at 12.00pm.

Download your voucher from www.scotland.org/celebrate-scotland/st-andrews-days-out/jacobite-cruises and call to book your tour in advance.

All our boats are heated and have plenty of comfortable spaces if you don’t feel like braving the elements from the outside.  You can enjoy snacks and tea, Costa coffee, hot chocolate or savour a dram of whisky on board while you hunt for Nessie on our sonar – or just sit back and enjoy the views in the winter light.

So why not enjoy a great St. Andrew’s Day Out with Jacobite, admiring superb views of Urquhart Castle ruins, sailing the deepest part of Loch Ness and doing what you’ve been putting off all summer?

We look forward to welcoming you aboard!  Sail the loch, live the legend.