Immediately a little underwhelmed, we boarded and neither we nor the many other passengers were greeted by the staff. The 'captain' was clearly far more interested in his young blonde assistant who was equally keen to lark about and flirt back with him.
Very occasionally interrupted by some spectacularly dull tannoyed 'facts' about the scenic scenery all delivered with a degree of boredom and a low level resentment that we've never experienced before. And we've been on some BAD boat and bus tours over the years. At this point the staff tips bucket on board became an increasingly irrelevant piece of cargo.
Then, last year came the meteoric rise and equally meteoric fall of Scoot.
But the local press recently broke the news of yet another venture from mainland to the western end of the Island.
The return trip from the Island costs £40 (out Monday, back Friday) which compares very unfavourably with the car ferry's passenger fare of £20. OUCH
Our man on the spot is watching carefully. Thanks Alan!