Fish­ing boat has a new lease of life

The Arran Banner - - News - Colin Smee­ton editor@ar­ran­ban­

There was some­thing un­usual about the fish­ing ves­sel an­chored close to the shore in Brod­ick Bay last week which caught the eye of many Ar­ran res­i­dents.

The 24-me­tre blue and white Glen Tarsan docked in the bay last Wed­nes­day at first ap­peared to be an old-fash­ioned fish­ing ves­sel but it was metic­u­lously clean and, added to this, a small ten­der was wit­nessed re­peat­edly trans­fer­ring peo­ple from the boat to the shore and back.

As it turns out, the boat, built as a tra­di­tional fish­ing ves­sel in 1976, is ac­tu­ally a con­verted cruiser which is part of a fleet of four mini-cruise ves­sels of­fer­ing trips around the west coast of Scot­land and the He­brides.

Owned by the Ma­jes­tic Line, whose of­fice is reg­is­tered in Dunoon, the Glen Tarsan is a lux­ury plea­sure craft of­fer­ing three-night and six-night cruises and ca­pa­ble of ac­com­mo­dat­ing 11 guests.

Of­fer­ing gourmet meals in lux­u­ri­ous sur­round­ings, the Glen Tarsan and other ves­sels in the fleet of­fer no fixed itin­er­ar­ies and se­lect stopovers based on the best lo­ca­tions as­sessed by the weather, sea con­di­tions and guest choices.

An­chor­ages can be se­lected at the re­quest of guests and a ten­der de­liv­ers peo­ple to and from his­toric and unique lo­ca­tions as de­sired.

Guests on the ves­sel who were on this, the fi­nal cruise of the 2018 sea­son, had just re­turned from Oban and were des­tined to re­turn to the boat’s home port of Dunoon be­fore com­plet­ing their Isles of the Clyde and South­ern He­brides cruise which lasted for six nights and cost £2,030 per per­son.

The Glen Tarsan, spot­ted in Brod­ick Bay last week is a con­verted tra­di­tional fish­ing ves­sel which of­fers cruises.

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