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This page gives you details of the main happenings around the West Highland network. The page is will be updated bi-annually, the same as the bi-annual publication of our red Journal.

CalMac Headlines (Summer 2018)

Following the full completion of repairs at Greenock’s Garvel drydock to her propeller shaft, Clansman returned to service on 9 June the Oban to Coll, Tiree, Colonsay & Barra (once weekly) service. She had previously had temporary repairs effected to allow her to desperately relieve Hebrides at Uig. Clansman was back in action five days earlier than anticipated.

Having covered Clansman prior to her return, Lord of the Isles has return to the Mallaig-Lochboisdale/Armadale services. Loch Fyne was assisted on the Armadale service by Loch Bhrusda thanks to LOTI‘s absence.

Hebridean Isles had been operating between Oban and Lochboisdale thanks to LOTI‘s move to Oban to cover the indisposed Clansman, but has since returned to the Kennacraig-Port Askaig-Port Ellen service alongside Finlaggan.

Isle of Arran had been alternating between Arran and Islay on a temporary timetable, but has now commenced her sailings from Ardrossan to Campbeltown, four weeks later than initially scheduled.

Isle of Lewis continued to operate between Oban and Castlebay (Barra) as normal, with both Isle of Mull Coruisk being equally unaffected on the Oban to Craignure service as a result of Clansman‘s indisposition.

Loch Tarbert has returned to the Tobermory to Kilchoan, having been relieved by Loch Linnhe.

The last two remaining Island class vessels, Eigg Raasay, have now left Scottish waters having been sold to Irish owners – a familar fate for CalMac vessels of this type over the years, having seen KilbrannanMorvernRhumCollBruernishCanna all sold to operate in Irish waters.

News Gallery

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Clansman at Lochmaddy relieving Hebrides, 6 May 2018. Copyright (Mark Nicolson).