Company reveals Bangor boat trip plans


Geraint Jones

A COMPANY hopes to run boat trips from Bangor by Easter, creating up to six new jobs.

Duncan Gilroy, owner of Anglesey Boat Trips, is investigating the possibility of running vessels from the jetty next to Bangor pier by the end of April.

Mr Gilroy is in discussions with Gwynedd Council and is looking into obtaining funding to renovate the pier, in a bid to harness trade that currently bypasses the city for Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula.

He said: “Bangor has a lot of history and culture which is often overlooked by tourists.

“Rather than having them pass by on the way to Caernarfon or onto the island, let’s have them stop in Bangor.”

The plan would be for trips to run from July to September.

There would be the possibility of a taxi boat service to the Gazelle pub in Menai Bridge, which has a jetty, or Caernarfon in the future.

Mr Gilroy added he would look to locate the company’s boat training school in Bangor next year.

He said Travel Zoo could provide up to 2,000 boat trip vouchers between June and September alone.

If the venture, named Bangor Boat Trips goes ahead, Mr Gilroy would look to hire four new skippers, someone to man the sals kiosk and a staff member to assist the skipper with general duties.

Mr Gilroy said he would coordinate trips along the Menai Strait with Beaumaris-based Starida’s tours.

He said the idea came about after he spoke to Gwynedd and Bangor councillor Nigel Pickavance.

Cllr Pickavance said the plans were “exciting, but not a done deal.”

He added: “Not only will having this business based at the Bangor pier be fantastic for tourism, but it will also bring in some new employment to the City.”


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