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Forth Ferry officially launches following successful trial

Press Release   •   May 12, 2016 10:26 BST

Image by Rob McDougall

Seafari Adventures and the Scottish Seabird Centre officially launch the Forth Ferry for the 2016 season, following a very successful trial of the service in 2015 and in conjunction with VisitScotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

The Forth Ferry offers a unique passenger service between the popular seaside towns of North Berwick, East Lothian and Anstruther, Fife. Each crossing takes approximately 45 minutes on board the 55-seat Catamaran, and allows visitors to 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 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 facts:

Suitable for all ages.

This trip lasts approx. 45 minutes each way and is a passenger only service. Bikes and buggies may be transported by prior arrangement. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.

Day return tickets: adult £25, child £15 (age 4 to 16), concession £20 (age 60+).

Single tickets: adult £14, child £8, concession £11.

Children age 3 and under go free.

10% discount for members of the Seabird Centre.

All trips run subject to weather and sea conditions.

The Forth Ferry Excursion is the latest addition to a wide variety of popular boat trips offered by Seafari Adventures and the Seabird Centre. Full details and bookings for all boat trips: www.seabird.org.

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For further press information:

Laura Adamson

Marketing Manager

01620 890202

marketing@seabird.org

Notes to Editors

Scottish Seabird Centre

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  • Through a series of exciting events and activity, the year will showcase Scotland’s position as an “innovation nation”, its outstanding built heritage, and its thriving, internationally acclaimed creative industries sector.
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