‘New’ Dunoon ferry pays visit to Bute

Banrion Chonamara, to be renamed Argyll Flyer before taking up the Gourock-Dunoon passenger service on June 30, is pictured at the Ardmaleish boatyard on Bute on Wednesday.
Banrion Chonamara, to be renamed Argyll Flyer before taking up the Gourock-Dunoon passenger service on June 30, is pictured at the Ardmaleish boatyard on Bute on Wednesday.

The passenger ferry which will provide the new-look service between the town centres of Gourock and Dunoon arrived at the Ardmaleish boatyard on Bute for survey work on Wednesday.

Banrion Chonamara (Queen of Connemara) is to be renamed Argyll Flyer before she takes up her new role on the six-year passenger only contract on June 30.

Previously owned by Aran Island Ferries, the vessel was built in France in 2001 and can carry up to 244 passengers.

The new timetable on the Gourock-Dunoon route will be substantially improved from the current frequency, although vehicle drivers will be faced with only two options rather than three if travelling between the central belt and the Cowal capital - Western Ferries’ frequent link between Hunter’s Quay and McInroy’s Point or the long drive via Loch Lomond, the Rest and be Thankful and Strachur.