Catch the ‘cat’ and go Forth like a pilgrim

Colin Aston, of Seafari Adventures, with young sailors Laird and Radleigh Wharton aboard the Forth Ferry. PicL Rob McDougall.
Colin Aston, of Seafari Adventures, with young sailors Laird and Radleigh Wharton aboard the Forth Ferry. PicL Rob McDougall.

It’s anchors aweigh for a new Forth Ferry service between Fife and East Lothian this weekend following a successful trial last year.

Seafari Adventures and the Scottish Seabird Centre are officially launching the Forth Ferry, which runs between Anstruther and North Berwick, for the 2016 season on Saturday.

The move comes after a pilot was held in August 2015.

The Forth Ferry offers a unique passenger service between the popular seaside towns of North Berwick and Anstruther and each crossing takes approximately 45 minutes.

Visitors on board the 55-seat Catamaran can enjoy days out in either location.

The aim of the Forth Ferry is to forge closer tourism links between East Lothian and Fife, offering locals and visitors alike opportunities for great 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, said: “With a long and rich history, this crossing was previously the ‘Pilgrim’s Ferry’ dating back over 1000 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.”

Manuela Calchini, regional director at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted the Forth Ferry is to return and the opportunities it will bring for tourism in the area. 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.”

Day return tickets are priced £25 for adults, £15 for children. Trips subject to weather and sea conditions.

For full details visit www.seabird.org.