Thursday the 24th of March is the last day of CalMac’s Winter Timetable. From Friday the 25th of March the Clansman is our dedicated vessel. So it is farewell to the ‘Lord of the Isles’ (LOTI). The MV ‘Lord of the Isles’ was following an amended timetable to facilitate the change from the winter to […]Read more "Farewell"
Today, Tuesday 22nd September, Mr Mackay the Minister for Transport and Islands said, “I know how important our ferry services are to the communities of the Clyde and Hebrides and the vital role they play in enabling continued and sustainable economic growth for the Islands. Since taking up my post I have spoken to stakeholders throughout the […]Read more "Ferry Hopeful"
Today saw the start of the 2015 Summer Timetable and with it the arrival of a new skipper on the Clansman. There was no great fanfare for either the Clansman or its new skipper. In fact their 9:05 arrival was marked by low cloud and steady soaking rain. With this being the start of the Easter […]Read more "New Timetable – New Skipper"
Welcome Home! After a three month spell, serving as one of the winter relief vessels and having her annual service, it is great to welcome the Mighty Clansman home. You may have left Castlebay with the sun on your visor, but you arrived in Tiree under grey skies and leaden seas. You are forgiven for […]Read more "The Mighty Clansman Returns"
With the commencement of the Ferry Summer Timetable and the lengthening of daylight hours, it is beginning to feel more and more that Spring has sprung on the Island. The air feels that little bit warmer and the fields at long last are drying out; the north wind having done its job. Gone is our […]Read more "Spring has Sprung with Yummy Cakes and Coffee"
Throughout the domain that’s known as Caledonian MacBrayne there have been many operational issues over the 2013/2014 winter timetable. Many advertised sailings, more than would normally be expected, have been delayed or cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Ferries have suffered collision damage, having struck piers and breakwaters. Other ferries have returned from their annual […]Read more "Hebridean Farewell To Eileanan Innse Gall"