Prior to boarding a luxury, modern, quiet and spacious seaplane your Captain will introduce himself and advise you on the planned flight routing as well providing you with a professional, relaxed but, comprehensive safety briefing prior to your embarkation. After engine start the seaplane will taxi out into the Loch and position for take-off - at this point the seaplane is a boat and mixes normally with all the other water traffic. Once ready, the engine power lever is pushed forward and the excitement begins - the jet engine starts to produce some 675 shaft horsepower, the nose begins to rises steeply into the air producing a very steep angle in the cabin and the spray from the aircraft floats starts to cascade backwards in a brilliant spray. In a few seconds the aircraft nose starts to lower and the seaplane picks up speed - the aircraft is, "on the step" - just like a speed boat - a very fast speed boat ! As the seaplane reaches around 65-70 miles per hour it begins to lift gently off the water. If there is some wave activity the take-off run feels very much like driving down a cobbled street, otherwise it can be incredibly smooth. All in all quite an assault on the senses !! Quite an experience !!
As the seaplane climbs into the air a sublime panorama begins to unfold and you hear the Captain pointing out ancient landmarks and stunning landscape features just below the aircraft - almost within touching distance. On your return from your amazing voyage you suddenly become aware that you're getting closer to the water below - closer until you are only inches away - as the seaplane begins to touch the water, often so gently you can't feel it, you see the spray start to fly backwards off the aircraft floats. As the aircraft slows the nose of the aircraft begins to rise to a steep angle and then, in just a few seconds, the aircraft sits back into the water and once again becomes a boat - suddenly, your amazing experience has come to an end !!
After disembarkation share your special moments with your fellow travellers whilst sipping a glass of champagne by the dock - unforgettable memories for life !
Flying smoothly at 160 mph the seaplanes cover around 70 miles on our Discovery flights and approximately 110 miles on our Explorer flights.
Loch Lomond Seaplanes has flights available for booking on weekdays and weekends every week of the year with up to 250 flights per month in high season providing over 18,000 seats per year.
The Loch Lomond flights depart from the pontoon in front of the Cameron House Hotel. Further details about flights can be found on the website at
Loch Lomond is about an hour’s drive from any of our self-catering holiday cottages and a trip on one of the seaplanes would provide some fantastic memories during a stay here in central Scotland at any time of the year.