The Majestic Line has commissioned a Clyde-built mini-cruise ship specifically designed for trips to the Outer Hebrides and St Kilda.

Named the Glen Etive, the vessel is being built locally on the Isle of Bute at Ardmaleish Boatyard. It usually builds work boats for the ferry and fishing sectors, with its commission of a fully-fitted cruise boat for guest use a new experience for the company.

Ewan Ferguson, managing director at the Boatyard, said: “The building of the Glen Etive requires many specialist skills and has kept the workforce fully employed, especially giving valuable experience to our apprentices. We have also involved local trades in the interior fit-out. We are proud to demonstrate what can be achieved by building boats in the Clyde.”

The vessel will carry 12 passengers with four crew, and offer a range of ten-night cruise itineraries. The Glen Etive has the look and feel of a 1930s “gentleman’s motor yacht,” with seven double en suite cabins, a guest dining area, a guest lounge, and three outdoor viewing decks.

The Majestic Line has been operating in Argyll and the Inner Hebrides for the past 11 years with two vessels, the Glen Tarsan and the Glen Massan, which are converted fishing boats.

Owner Andy Thoms said: “We are the only small-boat cruising company in the UK, with a fleet of vessels providing high standards of accommodation, including ensuite. Our mini-cruise vessels allow for an intimate connection with the natural environment which larger vessels simply can’t provide.”

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