CalMac warning to Armadale swimmers

Members of the public have been asked not to swim or dive at Armadale ferry terminal on Skye.

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“Although the water may look tempting, swimming or diving in this area is incredibly dangerous.” Credit: Creative Commons

The warnings were issued by Caledonian MacBrayne after staff — on two separate occasions in the last two weeks — discovered people either diving off the end of the pier or swimming near the linkspan.

Increasingly high quantities of traffic using the pier and linkspan now makes swimming nearby particularly hazardous. As well as CalMac’s MV ‘Coruisk’ on the Mallaig to Armadale service, the pier is also used by many other vessels including the ‘Hebridean Princess’ cruise ship and fishing boats.

“Although the water may look tempting, swimming or diving in this area is incredibly dangerous,” said port manager John MacDonald. “We never want to be a dampener on someone’s fun, but the port area here is in constant use by all manner of vessels — not just our ferries.

“It is unsafe for diving or swimming and we are kindly asking members of the public to keep well clear.

“We are lucky to have many fabulous bays and beaches on Skye and I’m sure those wishing to get into the water can find a safe alternative.”

The Mallaig to Armadale ferry operates eight sailings per day Monday to Saturday throughout the summer and a further six on Sunday, which equates to a total of 108 arrivals and departures from the port per week.