Clyde to Mull in just 30 mins

17 Apr 2008

Evening Times

THE island made famous by kids' TV favourite Balamory is now just half an hour from Glasgow, thanks to a new seaplane service.

From today visitors can fly from the River Clyde in the city to Tobermory on the isle of Mull without the hassle of airport queues.

Flights on the nine-seat Cessna 208 take just 35 minutes, compared to a trip time of around five hours by car and ferry.

The service is run by Loch Lomond Seaplanes, which pioneered seaplane flights from Glasgow to Oban last summer.

The tiny craft sets off from a pontoon next to Glasgow Science Centre and takes in views of Oban, Loch Long and Loch Awe on its journey west.

The company worked closely with the Tobermory Harbour Association to bring about airlinks to the mainland.

Susan West, co-owner of Loch Lomond Seaplanes, said: "We launched a successful seaplane service to Oban last year.

"We had a lot of people asking, When are you going to go to Mull? So it really has been customer-driven."

Tobermory, with its colourful houses, featured in the BBC children's series Balamory and was the fictional home of Miss Hoolie, PC Plum, Edie McReadie and Archie the Inventor.

Brian Swinbanks from the Tobermory Harbour Association welcomed today's launch.

He said: "It is a tremendous service and it allows the people of Mull to leave and go down and, say, watch football matches and visit trade shows, and within two to three hours they can be on flights going to the continent.

"There are lots of other ways to get to the mainland but this is fast, modern access for the people of Mull."

A return ticket will cost £179 or £99 one way.

There are plans to expand the service with a third aircraft later this year. This would mean there would be up to five seaplanes operating to destinations such as Portree, on the Isle of Skye, Bute and Arran.

Reproduced with the permission of The Evening Times(Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.

  • Loch Lomond seaplane coming in to land