The East Neuk can prepare for a tourism boost following the unveiling of a new ferry link across the Forth.
A new service between Anstruther and North Berwick will launch next month. It will provide a 45-minute crossing to East Lothian, replacing the current two-hour drive.
Primarily aimed at tourists, the venture will be operated on selected days by Seafari Adventures and the Scottish Seabird Centre.
Colin Aston, managing director of Seafari Adventures, said: “This is a new excursion project we have been working on for some time and it’s fantastic to be launching our maiden voyage on August 7.
“To be able to travel between Fife and East Lothian in under an hour is brilliant for locals and tourists. We look forward to building on that in the future.”
Trips across the Forth will be on the Seafari Explorer, a two-year-old, 55-seat vessel and cost £25, with concessions.
Crossings will run throughout August, subject to weather and sea conditions.
The project has been developed by regional transport group SEStran and East Lothian Council.
Meanwhile, substantial European funding has been awarded to upgrade Galloways Pier at North Berwick, to allow the Seafari Explorer to dock.
Councillor Russell Imrie, chairman of SEStran, said that the new crossing would bring significant benefits for the tourism industry, adding: “SEStran believes that the Forth Estuary should be a highway, not a barrier, which is why we have worked with Seafari Adventures and the Seabird Centre to establish the new ferry service.
“It will enhance access across the estuary and give improved access between destinations in Fife and East Lothian.
“We are proud to be involved on a project that both reinstates historical links and establishes a new and improved service for local residents and visitors alike.”
Tom Brock, chief executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “Reinstating this ferry service will benefit both communities and strengthen the links between East Lothian and Fife.”