THE Maid of the Loch’s owners have welcomed visitors to their first open weekend of 2021.

The famous ship was moved last month to her newly rebuilt stream slipway carriage, where she will remain for some time while essential repairs are carried out.

Charli Summers, the Maid of the Loch’s activities co-ordinator, said: “It was a real success. The boiler room being open really encouraged people to come in, there was a lot of activities and the people visiting were interested in plans for the new cabin.

“Our caterers, Wild Highlands Coffee, did really well too. A lot of people were watching and sitting from the pier, it was a smashing day.”

The Maid sailed on Loch Lomond for 28 years before being withdrawn from service in 1981; she’s been owned by the Loch Lomond Steamship Company, a registered charity, since 1996.

The Maid of the Loch will now be open to the public every Saturday and Sunday until the end of October from 11am until 4pm, with volunteer engineers demonstrating the steam slipway in operation.

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