Campbeltown-based West Coast Motors has announceed that it has acquired Bowman’s Tours, the Mull-based bus and coach tour operator.
This has been achieved in a deal that will ensure continuity for staff and continued development of Mull, Iona and Staffa as key Scottish tourist destinations.
Managing Director of West Coast Motors, Colin Craig says: ‘Bowman’s has played an important role in tourism on The Isle of Mull since the mid-50s by providing visitors with the opportunity to tour the island as well as neighbouring Iona and Staffa.
‘We are looking forward to continuing this role through building on their success with the newly established ‘Mull Coach Tours’ brand as part of our company.
‘The acquisition of Bowman’s Tours is an exciting development for our company and the main focus in coming months will be on highlighting to potential visitors just what world-class destinations Mull, Iona and Staffa are, with their unique blend of cultural heritage, natural beauty and abundant wildlife.
‘Being able now to offer these tours also compliments our existing network of services in and around Oban, Argyll and Bute as well as those we operate to the area from Glasgow.
‘It is our intention is to take advantage of these synergies to introduce more visitors to the wonders of these stunning islands.’
Jim Bowman, Managing Director of Bowman’s Tours, says: ‘Handing over ownership of a family-owned business that has been in the family for many years has been made less difficult by the knowledge that West Coast Motors, another family-owned business, is the ideal company to carry on what we have striven to achieve.
‘As well as transferring our staff over to their company, their plans include improving what we currently offer through investment and linking in with their own services.’
The company will officially change ownership on 24th June 2013.
This sounds like celebration time all round – and as well as linking two long standing and respected family companies and both of their first class staffs, it is another piece of muscle linking the glorious hunk of Mull and its satellite islands with Bute, Cowal, Kintyre, Mid Argyll, North Kintyre and Lomond – all the way to Glasgow.
Companies like West Coast Motors are themselves arteries feeding Argyll, keeping the circulation going and the pulse beating strongly.
Our own congratulations go to both companies in what what is clearly a goodwill-fuelled and amicable deal in which everybody wins.
With West Coast Motors and their associate waterborne charters and passenger ferry company, Kintyre Express, playing so strong a part in the development of Argyll and the Isles Tourism, Colin Craig’s focus in this announcement on the company’s determination to bring its weight to bear on selling Argyll, is exciting stuff.