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Loch Lomond water bus service extended

Luss pier on Loch Lomond
Image caption The service being extended runs from Luss to Balmaha

A water bus service across Loch Lomond is to be extended by an extra month.

The service, running from Luss to Balmaha, was due to finish at the end of September, but will now run until 30 October.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park said the route was being extended because it had proved "so popular" with visitors and residents.

Water buses were trialled on Loch Lomond in 2010 and a full service was launched this year.

Other routes, including Balloch to Balmaha and Rowardennan to Inverbeg, will be finishing for the season as scheduled.

Stuart Cordner, from Cruise Loch Lomond, said use of the Luss to Balmaha service was up 60% this year, with about 6,000 journeys made.

"We have been delighted with the popularity of the successful new Luss to Balmaha cruises operating in their first full season," he said.

"The Luss and Balmaha Explorers, The Capercaillie and The Wee Gem cruises have been popular with both day trippers and holidaymakers."

The National Park Authority said when it launched the service that it wanted to recreate the historic water transport routes which were popular in Victorian times.

The water bus timetables are designed to fit in with local bus and rail services.

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