Highlands & Islands

Actress Penelope Keith to launch Cromarty to Nigg ferry

Cromarty to Nigg ferry (Pic from Undiscovered Scotland)
Image caption A new boat which can take up to four cars will run between Cromarty and Nigg

An historic ferry service on the Cromarty Firth in the Scottish Highlands is due to be relaunched next week.

A new, larger vessel, which can carry four cars rather than just two, has been specially built for the short crossing from Cromarty to Nigg.

The previous ferry last sailed during the summer months in 2009.

TV actress Penelope Keith, who has a home in the area, will launch the new Cromarty Queen.

The vessel is still one of the smallest of its kind in the country and retains the traditional style of a landing craft with a vehicle turntable.

Operator Tom Henderson said he hoped to build on the 13,000 passengers carried in 2009.

In 2008 the Cromarty car ferry was the venue for what organisers claimed was the world's smallest drive-in cinema.

The 1950s film, The Maggie, was shown on the ferry and tickets were offered to just four passengers.

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