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.

Jacobite Cruises Monsterselfie Competition Winner July 2014

Making a Jacobite #monserselfie on Loch Ness

Making a Jacobite #monserselfie on Loch Ness

Jacobite Cruises is delighted to announce the first winner of our new monthly #monsterselfie photography competition for July 2014.

Congratulations and thank you to visitor Jesper and family from Denmark for getting into the spirit of things and for sharing this brilliant #monsterselfie photo of a younger member of the family with us on Facebook.

Jesper wins an Amazon voucher worth £25 plus a goody bag of Jacobite gifts which we hope he and his family enjoy.

A big thank you too from Jacobite to all visitors from across the globe who have taken the time to share their great #monsterselfie photos with us so far– you can see them on our Facebook page.

Inspired to enter our monthly Jacobite #monsterselfie competition?

Pick up a frame from our staff when on board any of our Loch Ness cruises (leisure trips), make your own unique selfie photo, share it with us either on the Jacobite Facebook page or tweet us at @jacobitecruises and enter our monthly competition to win prizes.

Get more information on the Jacobite Cruises monthly photo competition here.

We look forward to seeing your photos – happy snapping!

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.

making monsterselfies on loch ness

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

Thumbs up for Jacobite Loch Ness

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!