The summer is set to be ‘plane’ sailing for Loch Ness by Jacobite as the cruise tour operator welcomes a new addition to its fleet.

The Jacobite Maverick embarked on its maiden voyage on the loch last week.

With the tourism sector worth in excess of £700 million annually to the Highland economy, the new vessel – which can carry up to 200 passengers – will enable Loch Ness by Jacobite to meet the demands of the growing sector and guide even more guests along the loch.

The £2.4 million investment is Loch Ness by Jacobite takes the fleet up to four and follows record-breaking visitor numbers in 2017.

Loch Ness attractions have seen higher than normal increases for the past two years, climbing 23% and 29% respectively, and as the third runway at Heathrow has been given the go-ahead, the Highland region will directly benefit from this.