“A Fort William cruise boat operator yesterday said the condition of the Lochaber town’s pier would not affect his business, which is a major tourist attraction in the area.
Waverely would not be able to visit Fort William
However, Finlay Finlayson, who operates Crannog Cruises and owns Crannog Restaurant, said it was a shame the world-famous Waverley paddle steamer – which also attracts hundreds of tourists to the town – would not be able to visit this year.
Mr Finlayson’s comments came after Highland Council told paddle steamer operator Waverley Excursions that the ship, which has visited Fort William for around 30 years, could not use the Town Pier because its wooden fenders had “become dilapidated”.
No danger of the Town Pier closing
He said: “There is no danger of the pier closing. We are fully abreast of the situation with the pier and are working with Highland Council.
“It is an old pier and it is only sensible to stop ships that are heavier than 100 tonnes using it until the work has been done. Souters Lass is 65 tonnes so it is fine.”
He added that Highland Council had been quick to repair any damage to the pier caused by storms.”
Thanks to Sue Reston from the Press & Journal for this article, which featured in the paper on Thursday 15th May.