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TITLE
Memories of Corran Ferry (3 of 6)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_ANNEMACKINTOSH_03
PLACENAME
Corran
DISTRICT
Ardnamurchan
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Ardgour
PERIOD
1980s; 1990s
CREATOR
Anne Mackintosh
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
1835
KEYWORDS
ferries
markets
droving
car ferries
audio

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The Corran Ferry crosses the Corran Narrows in Loch Linnhe, nine miles south of Fort William. The eastern slipway at Nether Lochaber links with the A82 north to Fort William, or south to Ballachulish and Glencoe. The western slipway at Ardgour provides direct access to Ardnamurchan, Morvern and Moidart. The ferry is on an ancient drove route to Central Scotland and is one of the few crossings still in operation today.

In this audio extract, Anne Mackintosh, daughter of former Corran Ferry operator, Jimmy Mackintosh, recalls an amusing incident on the car ferry.

I can remember the boat leaving and the engine breaking down and the boat landing fair and square on a flat rock. And, of course, who was at the steering but Donald Buchanan who worked with my father in those days. And it was one of the titled people from the area that was - it was his car who was on the boat - and oh, he was very, very annoyed indeed and he scrambled ashore and came up to the hotel and started getting on to my father about this terrible service that he had. And he said, 'Do you know who I am?' And he said, 'I'm Lord So-and-so'. 'Well, I'm very sorry' my father said, 'I'm just plain Jimmy MacIntosh'. And, well, there was nothing they could do about it; as usual, they just had to wait till the tide came in

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Memories of Corran Ferry (3 of 6)

ARGYLL: Ardgour

1980s; 1990s

ferries; markets; droving; car ferries; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Corran Ferry

The Corran Ferry crosses the Corran Narrows in Loch Linnhe, nine miles south of Fort William. The eastern slipway at Nether Lochaber links with the A82 north to Fort William, or south to Ballachulish and Glencoe. The western slipway at Ardgour provides direct access to Ardnamurchan, Morvern and Moidart. The ferry is on an ancient drove route to Central Scotland and is one of the few crossings still in operation today. <br /> <br /> In this audio extract, Anne Mackintosh, daughter of former Corran Ferry operator, Jimmy Mackintosh, recalls an amusing incident on the car ferry.<br /> <br /> I can remember the boat leaving and the engine breaking down and the boat landing fair and square on a flat rock. And, of course, who was at the steering but Donald Buchanan who worked with my father in those days. And it was one of the titled people from the area that was - it was his car who was on the boat - and oh, he was very, very annoyed indeed and he scrambled ashore and came up to the hotel and started getting on to my father about this terrible service that he had. And he said, 'Do you know who I am?' And he said, 'I'm Lord So-and-so'. 'Well, I'm very sorry' my father said, 'I'm just plain Jimmy MacIntosh'. And, well, there was nothing they could do about it; as usual, they just had to wait till the tide came in