The Skye ferry has received a new but old paint job in time for the new season, complementing the recently repaired Glenelg slipway.
Thanks to a development grant of £31,500 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise the Isle of Skye Ferry Community Interest Company completed the structural repair work before the start of the busy summer tourist season.
Sailing the Kylerhea straits on a crossing used for hundreds of years, the MV ‘Glenachulish’ is the last manually-operated turntable ferry in Scotland.
Built in 1969 and originally operated by the Ballachulish Ferry Company, the vessel has now been restored to its original livery representing the Cameron of Locheil tartan.
A celebratory event at the Glenelg Ferry Slipway on Friday 27th June will be attended by Cameron of Locheil, representing the Ballachulish Ferry Company.
HIE development manager Ian Philp said: “We have worked with the social enterprise since its inception and have provided a package of financial support to allow them to develop their ambitious growth plans. Members of the community recognise the importance of the ferry as an attraction for tourists and the reason why so many people visit the area. It is great to see the repair work has been completed on the Glenelg slipway and an increase in visitor numbers over the years will benefit the whole community.”
Employing eight people, the ferry attracts around 12,000 visitors every year. The community company also leases the Stevenson lighthouse beside the Glenelg slipway, selling merchandise and refreshments to raise additional revenue.