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Strome Ferry

Strome Ferry operated for one day only.

On Saturday, 4th October, the Strome Ferry operated once again between Stromeferry and North Strome.

The railway line between Strathcarron and Kyle of Lochalsh was closed for two weeks for maintenance. Then Highland Council decided to close the A890 Stromeferry bypass road between Ardnaff and Attadale for work on the rock face. There is no local alternative route, the only diversion is around 145 miles via Inverness.

First ScotRail provided a direct bus service from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, although the train still operated to Strathcarron. However a bus also operated on Saturday from Strathcarron to North Strome, where a ferry was provided from 8am to 6pm to link to a bus at Stromeferry for the stations between there and Kyle. The ferry was also available to other users.

There seemed to be some confusion about the railway situation and the operation of the ferry link, with people not knowing of that option.

The ferry was operated by Calum MacKenzie from Plockton, his boat more accustomed to providing seal watching trips out of Plockton.

However, whilst there had been some local publicity, a wedding party from further afield only discovered the transport problems on Friday, before the wedding in Kishorn on Saturday. With all the party on the Lochalsh side last minute arrangements had to be made for them to get to the ferry at Stromeferry, then other transport to be available at Strome to take the to Kishorn. To make things more difficult, their reception was on the Isle of Skye, so the trip had to be done in the opposite direction too.

Calum decorated his boat for their trip, whilst the jetty at North Strome had flags put up by a local resident.

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