AN enthusiastic crowd gathered for the official opening of Balmaha’s new pontoon today (8 June) by the Duke of Montrose.
Speaking at the opening, the Duke told of the repeal of the Act of Proscription (1746) – which had banned the wearing of Highland dress – in 1782, commemorated as part of today’s event by the arrival on the pontoon of a rowing boat crewed by a group of oarsmen after crossing the Highland boundary fault line which divides the loch between the highlands and lowlands.
The pontoon is the culmination of years of work and investment by local businessman Sandy Fraser, who acknowledged the support from Forth Valley & Lomond Leader, the National Park Authority, Stirling District Council and Montrose Estates which owns the land where the pontoon is situated.
As well as greatly enhancing the village, the pontoon is the first to offer disabled access to vessels on the east side of Loch Lomond.
After the opening ceremony, invited guests enjoyed a short trip on one of Cruise Loch Lomond’s new island cruises which operates from the pontoon.
- Tickets and information on trips operated by Cruise Loch Lomond and Sweeney’s Cruises available from Balmaha village shop.
Click the thumbnails below to see bigger images and browse our gallery from the opening ceremony..