Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, as reported earlier, flew in to Campbeltown on Monday 15th April, to cut the ribbon on the New Quay.
While she as there she announced the imminent arrival of a contentious new ferry service for the town – running a total of six services a week between Ardrossan in Ayrshire and Campbeltoen – with one of these services calling at Brodick in Arran before arriving in Ardrossan.
While she was in Campbeltown, Kintyre Express, a ferry service of a different kind, took Ms Sturgeon for a spin to see the New Quay from the loch.
South Kintyre’s Councillor John Semple [left] guided Ms Sturgeon down the ramp to the pontoon, with the beautifully restored Royal Hotel across the road behind them.
Other members of the party were also aboard the fast passenger ferry – the new addition to this busy fleet, KE4, whose normal commercial passage will be the scenic stunner across the North Channel to Ballycastle on the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland.
It looked like a fun time, with Skipper Haydn Chambers at the wheel and clearly charmed by the DFM beside him in the co-pilot’s seat and by Argyll and Bute Council’s CEO Sally Loudon, smiling broadly from the seat behind Haydn;
and Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, Councillor James Robb [above right] opting for fresh air and a good view from the stern deck.
Note: The photographs above are © Neil Brown are are reproduced here with permission.