With the reintroduction of ‘green’ waterbus tourism on Loch Lomond is ready for a big boost, this following a successful pilot program in 2010 where over 5,000 people used the alternative transport and the new system is programmed to start promptly and will serve as a scenic alternative to car travel and it is environmentally friendly.
Many tourism spots around the world have their own forms of water transport says Environment minister Rosanna Cunningham, for example Hew York has the Staten Island Ferry and Venice the Vaperetto and locally Lake Windermere and Lake Coniston have water transport.
The experience will be more enjoyable since the people can take in the scenery from a different perspective and they can relax while travelling across the water and an upgrade of piers and pontoons will be done at Balloch, Balamaha, Luss, Tarbet, Inveruglas, and Inchcailloch. To get the areas ready of the boats the work will start this month and continue until early April.
There is a need for new transport and alternatives to driving and the demand is there because of the success with the pilot program in the national park. There are both significant advantages for our visitors as well as the economic and ecological benefits for our towns and villages that are reliant on tourism.