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Ferry fares for visitors to Kerrera are to be cut significantly to encourage more people to visit the island.
Fares for non-residents will be brought into line with those for residents, with the new system coming into effect as soon as possible.
Speaking after his visit to Kerrera, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Paul Wheelhouse said:
“We want to encourage more people to visit our islands and get a taste of the fantastic tourist experience on offer.
“This fare cut will make Kerrera more attractive for visitors and tourism companies and will boost the economy of the island. It will also make it cheaper for the friends and families of island residents to make the trip.
“The reduction is being brought in following consultation with the local community. It builds on our previous investment of over £3m in the service, including the upgrade of berthing facilities, the introduction of a new vessel on the route and our support for the long term future of the service by bringing it into the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services network.
“I look forward to more people making the trip across the Sound of Kerrera.”
The Kerrera ferry leaves from Gallanach near Oban.
No advance booking is necessary on this sailing for foot passengers. Simply turn up at the port of departure and buy a ticket on board the ferry.
Gallanach is a port on the North West coast, and makes a great base for your adventures on the Isles.
Gallanach is roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes from Glasgow, 3 hours and 15 minutes from Edinburgh by car. If you are travelling with an electric vehicle, there are charging points available at the Argyll College UHI, Oban.
Postcode for sat nav
Gallanach slipway: PA34 4QH
If you're coming from the east coast, Edinburgh, or the South, you'll need to travel through Glasgow. There's a regular direct train to Oban from Glasgow Queen Street Station, and it takes just over 3 hours.
A local bus runs regularly throughout the week (not including Sundays) from Oban to Gallanach, the journey takes less than 15 minutes.
Kerrera is a walkers paradise due to the exceedingly low number of cars on the island. It is large enough to offer plenty of walking opportunities with a 7 mile circuit taking in the well-preserved and wonderfully atmospheric remains of Gylen Castle on the south of the island and a 6 mile circuit around the north of the island which include Hutcheson's Monument. Whilst only being a small island, walks around Kerrera offer spectacular scenery and fantastic views back to the mainland and out to Mull.
The terrain on Kerrera makes it unsuitable for road bikes, only mountain bikes and hybrid bikes are suitable for the rugged tracks and paths of the island. Gallanach is easy to reach by bike and is very close to the National Cycling Route 78. Bike hire is available in Oban.
Photo Credit: Oban Times
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