Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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A 21-year-old has qualified as the first ever female skipper of the Glenelg to Skye ferry.

Isabelle Law, from Skye, will captain the MV Glenachulish, which is the world's last sea-going, manually-operated turntable ferry.

The ferry operates from Easter to October and carries six cars across from Glenelg to Kylerhea.  

Isabellle worked summer jobs across the ferry in the hopes of one day qualifying to become skipper.  She told The Skye Times: "I am super excited to be part of the 'Skipper crew' it is a big step up with a lot of challenges but I can't wait!

"I was born on the Island and always lived here but it all started when I was 10 when I went over to Glenelg just for one trip, that then turned into 20 trips and then I went down the next day and so it continued. Every holiday every weekend I would be down just going back and forth. I knew from that age It was my dream to become skipper of this ferry one day.

"Not too sure what the future will hold, I am currently the youngest Skipper on board so I hope to keep it going for some time!

"Just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has made my dream come true; from my family support to the Isle of Skye Community Interest company and then Donnie, Colin, Q and Calum who have helped me learn everything about this area, stretch of water and the vessel herself. I look up to all the the previous skippers as huge idols and I have learnt a great deal from them all."

Photo from Skye Connect Facebook page.

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