Monday, 8 April 2019

Loch Tay Safaris Welcomes a New Manager & Skipper & Crew!

With the beautiful views looking up Loch Tay towards Ben Lawers, captured by Stuart Brain, Loch Tay Safaris new manager and Skipper, it is no wonder that Highland Safaris are delighted to welcome Stuart onto the team this Spring. A local man born and bred, his wealth of knowledge about not only the history, heritage, geography and geology of the area but also the lesser known stories of local characters who have helped shaped the very fabric of this beautiful area.

Stuart says, “I am delighted to be joining such a successful venture as the new Skipper of Loch Tay Safaris.  Over the last 14 years I have been Master of the bigger tour boats on Loch Katrine and have developed a wealth of practical experience and industry knowledge.  ‘Iolaire’ is a modern vessel; equipped to a high specification, which is responsive and exciting to drive. I am looking forward to welcoming passengers on board to share my passion for Loch Tay and the surrounding area.  It is great to return to where my interest in boating started all those years ago. I must admit I am also enjoying a much shorter daily commute!”



We are also delighted to also welcome Tommy Pringle onto the Highland Safaris Team. Tommy’s roots in the Appin Valley go back many many generations and he has taken a keen interest in the study of the history of this area. Not only will Tommy be Crew for Loch Tay Safaris but he will also be a Safari Ranger. “I have known Tommy and Stuart and their families for all of my life. Their knowledge of this area, which we call home, amazes me. We are so fortunate to have them on our team!” said Julie

Surrounded by the stunning and dramatic landscape, in this area that is just so steeped in history, myths and folklore Stuart and his crew love sharing it with visitors. “Loch Tay is beautiful from the shore, but the cruise gave a new perspective and that was incredible” said a review last week and there are lots more like it!

Springtime with the trees springing to life and wildfowl nesting on the shores are a treat to see but the arrival of our resident Osprey is unmissable. A Golden Eagle was spotted too, soaring on the high ridges surrounding the loch on one of the training trips.



And of course we could not be more lucky to have The Paper Boat CafĂ© in Kenmore. Newly opened but already proving to be a rightful success it’s stunning views up Loch Tay are matched by the warmth of the welcome and utterly delicious food. We wish Alex and Bridgette every success in their new venture and will look forward to enjoying many of their fine coffees!

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