Inner Moray Firth Water Taxi

Jon Palmer of the Cromarty Cheese Company has been investigating the potential for a water taxi service for the communities around the Moray Firth and his discussions with local residents and visitors alike have generated great interest in the idea.

“We have people coming to our shop from Nairn, Findhorn and even Elgin as well as Alness and Invergordon and they all agree it would make complete sense to come by water rather than the much longer journey by road. Transition Black Isle is also behind the idea, for more ideological reasons.” Jon told the Partnership. Jon attended the MFP AGM in February and gave a short presentation on his ideas, highlighting the great opportunity to promote Cromarty (and other areas) as a visitor destination and to realise the potential of the regions natural resources. Benefits include:

• Unique visitor attraction - linking the whole area speedily and efficiently

• An alternative, encouraging greater use of public transport

• Part of an integrated transport network – linked to existing buses, trains and ferry

• Encourages more local enterprise – shops, restaurants and visitor attractions

Fit for the 21st Century as a model of good practise with innovative vessel design, low carbon emissions and a flexible/on demand web based booking system. Vessels would accommodate pedestrians and cycles only and would tie in with other initiatives such as Black Isle Bikes and Transition Black Isle. Jon referred to funding from Horizon 2020, Blue Growth fund - £80bn over next 6 years for developing coastal tourism; supporting innovation and sustainability, encouraging SME’s and social enterprises and trans-national co-operation.

For more information contact Jon Palmer, THE CHEESE HOUSE, Cromarty IV11 8XA M: 07931 256266 T: 01381 600724