Ferry passengers are sitting pretty as they wait to cross the waters to Skye.

For thanks to handy Calmac port assistant Colin Fisher, they now have a very bespoke bench to rest on while they take in the views to the island from Mallaig.

Made in his own time from discarded pallets, Colin’s beautifully painted bench has echoes of the golden age of steam and makes a welcome resting area for passengers travelling not just to Skye but also the Small Isles and South Uist.

Meticulously painted in CalMac colours and featuring the famous crest, as well as stencilled lettering, Colin was inspired to make the bench to use up the unwanted timber.

“We had quite a few pallets at the port from various freight deliveries,” said Colin. “And I just thought this would be a nice thing to do with some of them.

“It’s a good way of recycling the wood and it’s something which everyone at the port can enjoy.”

Port manager Nancy McLean is delighted with the new addition and said:

“I can't praise Colin enough for his efforts and everyone agrees that it is very impressive.  It has become a main feature here in Mallaig and draws a lot of attention. I think Coin is in the wrong job not that I am complaining!”

Now the bench has taken pride of place at the port office and is proving a real hit with travellers.