A display of model ships created by a local Commonwealth Games gold medallist is to go on display on The Maid of The Loch this month.

Visitors can climb on board the famous paddle steamer and enjoy the launch of Lachie Stewart’s Chariots of Steam exhibition on Saturdaym May 21 from 11am to 4pm. After then it will be open every weekend until the end of October.

Mr Stewart’s collection of ships has been meticulously assembled over the past 60 years and ranges from elegant paddle steamers to humble Clyde puffers.

Activities Coordinator at Maid of the Loch, Charli Summers, said: “This is the first time this incredible collection has been displayed to the public as a major exhibition and we are delighted to showcase these fine ship models.

Lachie is not only a talented sporting hero but also a remarkable model builder who has built an important collection of model ships over the last 60 years.”

Born in the Vale of Leven in 1943, Mr Stewart’s golden moment came when he won the 10,000 metre race at the 1970 Commonwealth Games.

In addition to his incredible athletic career, Mr Stewart has had a lifelong passion for maritime history and model building and has been a supporter of the Maid of the Loch since its launch on Loch Lomond in 1953.

The Maid is currently undergoing a restoration project which is being carried out by a team of volunteers.

You can help support their efforts by visiting: maidoftheloch.org/.