Ferry fails with no politicians at home…

In another of a series of decisions as part of an NIO strategy to point up the political deficit of having no Assembly, Ballycastle is not going to get its subsidised ferry service to Cambeltown in Argyll (Earra Ghàidheal).

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  • Glen Taisie

    Time to build the tunnel.

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  • Greenflag

    ‘Scotland to remain cut off from centre of universe ‘

    Lucky Scots 🙂

  • overhere

    Was there any real need for the sevice in the first place? Having only been to Ballycastle once and never to Earra Ghaidheal I am a bit ignorant on the human traffic flow

  • marty

    Didn’t the Cambeltown ferry run for a short time a number of years back? From what I recall it wasn’t overly successful

  • barnshee

    From the arsehole of nowhere in N I to the absolute pits in Scotland what

  • Crataegus

    I was on the ferry a few time and quite liked it but as someone on another thread pointed out it would have been better if it went to Oban and connected into to the main Western Isles ferry network.

    From the anecdotal evidence it would appear that tourism is on the upturn and in that context I would have thought this a useful service to maintain.

    Why don’t we have a ferry from Bangor to Carrick? That one would definitely be well used!!!

  • smcgiff

    Now that the Republic is going to get its mega new IKEA we wont need to take the Bus to Scotland via NI to get DIY furniture.

    🙂

  • interested

    So people wont get the chance to take one of the roughtest ferry crossings imaginable…

    Oh dear.

  • marty

    So people wont get the chance to take one of the roughtest ferry crossings imaginable…

    Anybody ever take the Rathlin ferry on a bad day? I don’t mean the present ferry but the smaller one that was in operation up the early / mid 90’s.

    I thought I was never going to set foot on dry land again.

  • darth rumsfeld

    “From the arsehole of nowhere in N I to the absolute pits in Scotland what”

    Nonsense barnshee- Campbelltown has one of the best off licences in Scotland- a Cadenheads, no less, and the Campbelltown malt is always worth a snifter- so civilisation is well catered for

  • Glen Taisie

    “From the arsehole of nowhere in N I to the absolute pits in Scotland what”

    Barnshee_____________ Ballycastle(Co.Antrim) is one of the finest towns in the island of IRELAND.

  • GW

    The reason that the Ballycastle ferry to Scotland never worked in the first place is because it was based on the false premise that there was sufficient demand. There wasn’t then and there never will be.

    Still, at least it got Ballycastle a brand new harbour and Morton’s fish stall is still there.

    As for being the ‘arsehole of nowhere’, well Ballycastle’s one of the most pleasant places in Norn Iron, has numerous good session pubs, a decent hotel and plenty of places to eat out.

  • fer fecks sake

    From the arsehole of nowhere in N I to the absolute pits in Scotland what

    Barnshee,

    I’d be interested to hear your defintion of “somewhere”. Go on, amuse me!

  • Katinka

    I think this is a shocking decision, short sighted and made by people, who as far as I can see, never did any geography, history, or ever looked at tourism.

    I used the ferry several times, both for car and foot travel. Ballycastle is a fine town, so too is Campbeltown. The latter was a gateway to the west coast of Scotland, not far to Oban and the Great Glen, avoiding Glasgow, and ideal for getting to Gigha, one of the most beautiful of the Scottish islands, as well as Jura amd Islay. That’s only the tourist aspect…or the sailing aspect (leave your boat in Scotland – cheaper). There was also the co-operation between councils, between farmers and so on.

    Perhaps there should have been a link with Troon, why not, all aspects of this should be investigated. The sea is not always a barrier, it is a means of communication.