The Forth Ferry will pilot locals and visitors for days out on both sides of the estuary
A new ferry designed to forge closer tourism links between East Lothian and Fife has been launched for the 2016 season.
Seafari Adventures and the Scottish Seabird Centre have rolled out the Forth Ferry following a successful pilot in 2015.
The Forth Ferry offers a passenger service between North Berwick and Anstruther, with 45-minute crossings on-board a 55-seat Catamaran – allowing locals and visitors to enjoy days out on both sides of the Forth.
Colin Aston, managing director of Seafari Adventures, said: “The trial of the Forth Ferry in 2015 was a great success, with lots of demand for the service and really positive feedback. There were also some really insightful comments from passengers and we have used these to make the Forth Ferry the best that we can.”
Tom Brock OBE, chief executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre and a director of the Forth Estuary Forum, said: “With a long and rich history, this crossing was previously the ‘Pilgrim’s Ferry’ dating back over 1,000 years and used by pilgrims on their way to St Andrews. It has been wonderful, not only to reinstate this historic route, but to experience a demand for it to continue.
“This innovative service will benefit locals, visitors and communities on both sides of the Forth. In the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design it is great to be able to officially launch the Forth Ferry for 2016 with the first sailing on Saturday 14 May.
“We have been working in partnership with Fife Council, East Lothian Council, the Scottish Fisheries Museum, East Neuk Tourist Association and North Berwick Business Association on visitor itineraries and will be looking for locals to give their top tips for days out with #FFRecommends.”
Manuela Calchini, regional director at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted that the Forth Ferry is to return and the opportunities it will bring for tourism in the area. From the majestic Tantallon Castle in East Lothian to the beautiful seaside village of Anstruther in Fife, this innovative service will make it even easier for visitors to explore the many attractions on both sides of the water. We hope more visitors will take advantage of this unique travel experience and journey between Fife and East Lothian this season.”
The Forth Ferry Excursion is the latest addition to a wide variety of boat trips offered by Seafari Adventures and the Seabird Centre.