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Corran Ferry

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Corran Ferry
Aiseaig a'Chorrain
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The ferry
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From:  Inchree
To:  Ardgour
Distance:  0.5 km (0.3 miles)
County
Argyll • Inverness-shire
Current Operator
Highland Council
Toll
£6.40 (Cars, 2009)
On road(s)
A861

The Corran Ferry plies its way back and forth across the Corran Narrows of Loch Linnhe, connecting Ardgour and the Ardnamurchan peninsula to the A82 at Inchree. It runs every 20–40 minutes from either side, depending on the time of year and day of the week, and takes about four minutes to make the crossing. It is seen as a vital lifeline for the remote communities it serves, and as such maintains a service from early morning until late evening.

There are two ferries used on the route, the larger one being the main ferry, with the smaller (older) one serving as a relief vessel for emergencies and to cover maintenance. They can carry approximately 24-30 and 14-18 cars respectively. The smaller one is normally moored in the water near Ardgour.

History

This crossing is one of the oldest on the west coast, being mentioned in RL Stevenson's novel Kidnapped. In 1963 a ferry capable of carrying 4-6 cars took 6 minutes to cross. It ran from 8.15am (10.30am on Sundays) to 7.45/8.45pm or dusk and cost 6s for a car.

The temporary pier

In autumn 2010, the slipway at Nether Lochaber (Inchree) was substantially reconstructed. Whilst the was initially intended to be carried out with a lengthy closure of the ferry service, public opinion forced the council to introduce a floating linkspan and so maintain a service for light vehicles during daylight hours. This compromise was accepted, and despite being the first time such a system was used in the UK, it proved to be a success, allowing the main slipway to be reconstructed without seriously inconveniencing too many people.

Future

For over 30 years now, there have been long-term plans to replace the ferry with a bridge, and these plans remain in the local plan, with land on either side allocated for the access roads and structural piers. However, financing such a project in the aftermath of the Skye Bridge Toll Wars, looks increasingly unlikely!

Ferries

Name IMO Operator Dates Notes
Corran 9225990 Highland Council 2001-date 30 cars
Maid of Glencoul 7521613 Highland Council 1984-date (relief only since 2001) 18 cars
Rosehaugh 6702363 Highland Council 1982-2001 (relief only from 1984) 14 cars
Lochaber MacKintosh Family (for Argyll CC); Highland Council 1973-85 9 cars
Gleann Mhor MacKintosh Family (for Argyll CC); Highland Council 1964-82 6-9 cars
Ben Keil MacKintosh Family (for Argyll CC) 1959-73 6 cars
Garven MacKintosh Family (for Argyll CC) 1949-64 4 cars
Maid of Glengour MacKintosh Family (for Argyll CC) 1946-52 2 cars
North Argyll MacKintosh Family (for Argyll CC) 1937-46 1 car
The Grey Boat MacKintosh Family (for Argyll CC) 1936-37 1 car
The White Boat MacKintosh Family (for Argyll CC) 1935-36 1 car
Un-named MacKintosh Family (for Argyll CC) 1934-35 1 car

2012 Draft Ferries Plan

In late 2011 the Scottish Government released the draft ferries plan for the coming 10 years. Whilst the Corran Ferry is described as providing a 'model service', the draft plan does make provision for the crossing to be transferred from Highland Council to Calmac. As this is the last ferry directly operated by the council, this may well be carried forward. The smaller ferry at Camasnagaul is operated on behalf of the council, but is also listed under the same provison.


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