Caledonian MacBrayne

Introduction

Caledonian MacBrayne operate ferries to locations in the Firth of Clyde and Inner and Outer Hebrides.

Caledonian MacBrayne






Dates

  /  /1973Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd
Created when David MacBrayne Ltd and the Caledonian Steam Packet Company Ltd merged

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Firth of Clyde

This spartan single platform terminal station replaced the terminus of the line immediately to the north and closer to the harbour, Ardrossan Winton Pier. Trains run to Glasgow Central.
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View of the builders plate on Calmac 'MV Caledonian Isles' taken as it battled a strong wind and extremely rough sea on the crossing from Ardrossan ...
David Pesterfield 15/06/2013
Calmac 'MV Caledonian Isles' loads for the return sailing after battling a strong wind and extremely rough sea to reach her berth at Ardrossan Harbour ...
David Pesterfield 15/06/2013
Calmac 'MV Caledonian Isles' battles a strong wind and extremely rough sea to reach her berth at Ardrossan Harbour on 15 June 2013 after arrival from ...
David Pesterfield 15/06/2013
A sole non-standard sign stands defiantly at Ardrossan Harbour on 1 April 2009 - the second line should be left-justified. ...
David Panton 01/04/2009

This pier, on the east coast of the Isle of Arran, is served by Caledonian MacBrayne ferries from Ardrossan Harbour.
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TS Duchess of Hamilton in Brodick Bay on 31 May 1969 whilst returning to Brodick Pier to collect passengers on the Clyde River Steamer Club's 80th ...
John McIntyre 31/05/1969
PS Waverley photographed on 21 July 2011 approaching Brodick Pier on the Isle Of Arran. ...
John Steven 21/07/2011
MV 'Caledonian Isles' berthed at Brodick, Arran, following the crossing from Ardrossan on 21 July 2011. ...
John Steven 21/07/2011
The CalMac Ferry MV Saturn approaching Brodick Pier, Arran, on 16 July 2011 following the crossing from Ardrossan Harbour see image 15068. ...
John Steven 16/07/2011

Calmac's ferry MV Isle of Arran in Campbeltown Loch after crossing from Ardrossan on 1st June 2018. Built in 1983, in summer it now mainly ...
Mark Bartlett Collection 01/06/2018
The Calmac terminal and link span in Campbeltown Loch in April 2018. The Calmac Summer 2018 timetable shows three sailings a week to and from ...
Mark Bartlett 05/04/2018

A view of Claonaig slipway, on the Kintyre peninsula, taken from the Calmac Ferry MV Loch Riddon as it nears the end of its journey across the ...
David Pesterfield 17/06/2013

'Loch Riddon' arriving at Colintraive in 1988. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
On 3rd April 2018 the slipways on either side of the Kyles of Bute crossing were part way through a comprehensive rebuild and MV Loch Dunvegan ...
Mark Bartlett 03/04/2018
Calmac MV Loch Dunvegan is mid way across the narrow eastern Kyle of Bute on a misty morning in April 2018. This image, taken from the ...
Mark Bartlett 07/04/2018

This slip is on the east side of the Great Cumbrae and is served by a ferry service from Largs Pier/Largs Slip.
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Colin Miller 04/10/2019

The headquarters of Caledonian MacBrayne is by Gourock station.
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The hoist loading vehicle ferry MV Cowal, built for the Caledonian Steam Packet Co in 1954. Photographed at Dunoon in September 1959. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 18/09/1959
MV Maid of Cumbrae at sea off Dunoon in September 1955. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 15/09/1955
PS Waverley leaving Dunoon and heading to the south in September 1955. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 06/09/1955
Photographed on the approach to Dunoon from the south on 6 September 1955 is TS Saint Columba. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 06/09/1955

A full load waiting for the return trip on the slipway at Tarbert, seen from Calmac's MV Loch Riddon after another crossing of Loch Fyne from ...
Mark Bartlett 05/04/2018
Calmac MV Isle of Cumbrae starts to lower the ramp as it approaches the Tarbert slipway after yet another crossing from Portavadie on 25th July ...
Mark Bartlett 25/07/2016
Caledonian MacBrayne's MV Isle of Cumbrae approaches a busy Tarbert Slipway after crossing Loch Fyne from Portavadie in June 2011. ...
David Pesterfield 20/06/2011

This pier is open. It is a combined facility with Gourock station. Ferries operate from Gourock to Dunoon Pier and Kilcreggan Pier, and sometimes Helensburgh Pier. The pier is located on Kempock Point.
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MV Maid of Skelmorlie in the Clyde off Gourock in the autumn of 1955. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 09/09/1955
MV Maid of Argyll photographed off Gourock on 15 September 1955. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 15/09/1955
MV Maid of Skelmorlie heading west out of Gourock in September 1955. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 09/09/1955
DSMV Juno at Gourock Pier. ...
Ewan Crawford 19/09/1987

Given the sad news about Waverley's boilers, I thought we might see her in better days. Here she sweeps into Largs Bay to call on 10-8-17.
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Colin Miller 10/08/2017
An image of 'Southsea's sister ship 'Shanklin' renamed as 'Prince Ivanhoe'. She is approaching Largs in the early summer of 1981. Purchased from ...
Colin Miller 11/03/2018
PS Waverley nears Largs pier on 30 July 2013. ...
Bill Roberton 30/07/2013
Talisman calling at Largs in July 1966, not long before her withdrawal. See image 35311 ...
Colin Miller /07/1966

This pier has a slip for ferries to Cumbrae Ferry Terminal on the Great Cumbrae. The pier is in the middle of the town not far from Largs station.
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MV Loch Striven on the Largs - Great Cumbrae service in 1989 when still relatively new, having been built in 1986. This ferry can currently (2016) be ...
Ewan Crawford 10/02/1989

Builders Plate on CalMac ferry MV Loch Riddon, seen on the crossing from Lochranza on Arran to Claonaig on Kintyre, showing it to be boat H954 ...
David Pesterfield 17/06/2013
CalMac Ferry MV Loch Riddon approaches Lochranza slipway on Arran to form the 12.00 return crossing to Claonaig terminal on Kintyre on 17 June 2013 ...
David Pesterfield 17/06/2013
A view of Lochranza slipway on Arran, from the Calmac Ferry MV Loch Riddon as it starts its 30 minute journey across the Kilbrannan Sound to ...
David Pesterfield 17/06/2013
Incarnation of the ferry MV Rhum at Lochranza in 1984. Great fun to watch drivers who couldn't reverse trying to disembark. ...
Colin Miller //1984

Calmac MV Loch Riddon waiting at the Portavadie slipway on 5th April 2018 prior to loading for another crossing of Loch Fyne to Tarbert. ...
Mark Bartlett 05/04/2018
Calmac MV Loch Riddon, built at Hessle in 1986, has just left Portavadie crossing Loch Fyne for Tarbert on a sunny 5th April 2018. ...
Mark Bartlett 06/04/2018
MV Isle of Cumbrae loads at Portavadie before making another 25 minute crossing of Loch Fyne to Tarbert in October 2017. The second oldest ...
Mark Bartlett 23/10/2017

'Loch Riddon' at Rhubodach slip, Bute, about to make the short trip to Colintraive in 1988. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
MV Red Baroness, a versatile landing-craft design operated by Troon Tug Co Ltd (a sort of modern day Clyde Puffer), makes its way ...
Mark Bartlett 03/04/2018
MV Loch Dunvegan pulls away from the slipway at Rhubodach to cross the Kyle of Bute to Colintraive. The vessel was made redundant from its ...
Mark Bartlett 25/07/2016
One of Calmac's largest Loch class ferries arrives at Rhubodach after completing the operator's shortest crossing from Colintraive on 6 July 2008. The ...
Malcolm Chattwood 06/07/2008

TS Saint Columba photographed off Rothesay in September 1955. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 09/09/1955
PS Waverley, before the breakdown, is seen on 26th July 2018 as she leaves Rothesay Pier astern. ...
Colin Miller 26/07/2018
Broadside view of TS Saint Columba, off Rothesay on 9 September 1955. [Ref query 29 October 2018]. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 09/09/1955
The paddle steamer 'Jupiter' photographed off Rothesay in September 1955. Built in 1937 at Fairfield's in Govan, the vessel made her final ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 07/09/1955

This is one of the pre-eminent 'must see' stations in Scotland. In 1905 it replaced an original Wemyss Bay [1st] station of 1865 on a slightly different orientation (see that entry for the 1865-1905 details). It is a terminus and a combined station and pier with a very fine concourse (with semi-circular ticket office supporting the glass roof), canopied platforms, main station building with a ...

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Detail of the new Transport Trust plaque, unveiled at Wemyss Bay on 30th November 2019. ...
John Yellowlees 30/11/2019
The entry to the station from the carpark and town. There are often taxis waiting here. ...
Ewan Crawford 4/6/2004
Clock tower, station entrance and carpark viewed from the south. ...
Ewan Crawford 4/6/2004
Looking west over the glazed canopies covering platforms 3 and 4 (nearest) and 1 and 2. ...
Ewan Crawford 4/6/2004




Hebrides

This photo was taken by my father in the mid 1950s, on board the MV Lochinvar as it approached the original Lismore timber pier from Oban.
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Colin Miller Collection //1955

Armadale Pier, in the south west of the Isle of Skye, seen from the approaching Calmac ferry MV Loch Fyne, which had just crossed from Mallaig. ...
Mark Bartlett 27/07/2018
Calmac's MV Lord of the Isles reverses up to the linkspan at Armadale on Skye after making the crossing from Mallaig on 1st August 2018. ...
Mark Bartlett 01/08/2018
The last few vehicles drive across the linkspan onto MV Lord of the Isles at Armadale on 2nd August 2018, prior to the 30 minute crossing from ...
Mark Bartlett 02/08/2018



View from the passenger area of MV Loch Portain as it nears the Berneray slipway after another crossing of the Sound of Harris on a murky 29th ...
Mark Bartlett 29/07/2018
Calmac's Sound of Harris Ferry, the specially designed MV Loch Portain, loading at the Berneray slipway on 31st July 2018. The elevated lounge, ...
Mark Bartlett 31/07/2018
Looking across the 1999 causeway, which links the islands of North Uist and Berneray, on 31st July 2018. MV Loch Portain is at the Berneray ...
Mark Bartlett 31/07/2018

Loch Nevis heads back from Canna to Mallaig on 8th June 2016 (with the mountains of Rum in the distance). ...
David Spaven 08/06/2016

MV Lord of the Isles leaves Castlebay, Barra, in 1993. ...
Ewan Crawford /08/1993


MV Iona calling at Coll Pier in 1993. ...
Ewan Crawford /08/1993


'MV Columba' approaching Craignure Pier in the late 1960s or early 1970s. ...
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This 2010 view shows MV Isle of Mull with the insert 5.4 metres long just in front of the funnel to fix her deadweight problem. Off Craignure. See ...
Colin Miller 29/06/2010
MV Isle of Mull passing Lady's Rock, at the south end of Lismore, en route from Craignure to Oban.

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Ewan Crawford //1988

The new pier for the Isle of Eigg viewed from offshore. ...
David Spaven //2016
The new pier on Eigg with the CalMac ferry approaching from Mallaig. ...
David Spaven //2016



In 1988 'Isle of Cumbrae' approaches the slip at Fishnish, Isle of Mull, from Lochaline. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988



The Calmac ferry Finlaggan sails up West Loch Tarbert towards Kennacraig terminal after crossing from Islay on 22nd October 2017. ...
Mark Bartlett 22/10/2017
View taken shortly before reaching the A83 road from Campbeltown to Tarbet, after leaving the Arran ferry from Lochranza at Claonaig Pier in June ...
David Pesterfield 17/06/2013


Kilchoan Pier viewed from the south in 1988. ...
Ewan Crawford //1988

MV Loch Portain arrives at the Leverburgh slipway on Harris after negotiating the rocks and islets of the Sound of Harris with the Calmac ...
Mark Bartlett 29/07/2018


The 'Lord of the Isles' tying up at Lochboisdale Pier in August 1993. It was somewhat wet. The next morning she continued to Castlebay, Barra. ...
Ewan Crawford /08/1993

The water tight doors of MV Hebrides are opening for the Lochmaddy linkspan on arrival from Uig on 1st August 2018. HGV drivers are waiting to ...
Mark Bartlett 01/08/2018
Calmac MV Hebrides comes alongside Lochmaddy Pier and slowly approaches the linkspan after crossing from Skye to North Uist on 1st August 2018. ...
Mark Bartlett 01/08/2018
The neat Calmac terminal building at Lochmaddy on North Uist, which has been built on stilts out over the water. The regular scheduled service from ...
Mark Bartlett 01/08/2018

Mallaig Pier is the port for Armadale Pier on Skye, Lochboisdale Pier on South Uist, Inverie in Knoydart and the Small Isles; Eigg, Muck, Rum Pier and Canna Harbour.
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Seen from a ferry departing for Armadale, Calmac MV Lord of the Isles arrives in Mallaig after crossing from Lochboisdale on South Uist in July ...
Mark Bartlett 27/07/2018
CalMac ferry MV Loch Nevis, seen moored at the inner harbour berth in Mallaig on 18th June 2013. This ferry serves the small islands of Eigg, ...
David Pesterfield 18/06/2013
Calmac ferry MV Loch Fyne arrives at the linkspan on Mallaig Pier after crossing from Armadale on Skye on 27th July 2018. This vessel was one ...
Mark Bartlett 27/07/2018
The Mallaig fishing fleet seen in the 1960s from the main pier. ...
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This pier is located in the south of Oban Bay, a large natural anchorage protected from the west by the island of Kerrera. It was opened in 1880 along with Oban station by the Callander and Oban Railway. With the opening of the extension from Dalmally and the pier the railway was able to connect with ferry services to the West Coast of Scotland and the fishing fleet. The opening ...

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King George V at the Railway Pier, Oban in the late 1960s or early 1970s. ...
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An evening view of both Oban piers from Pulpit Hill (Columba at the North Pier?). Probably 1960s. The station is on the right. ...
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Island Class MV Eigg loading at the slip by Oban station (note the signalbox on the right by the Albany Street overbridge) before heading for Lismore ...
Ewan Crawford //1988
MV Isle of Mull ready to dock at Oban on 19 February to load for the 11.50 crossing to Craignure. ...
David Pesterfield 19/02/2013

Western Ferries' 'Sound of Gigha' and Caledonian MacBrayne's 'Iona' at Port Askaig, Islay, in 1988. The Sound of Gigha, a landing craft style vessel, ...
Ewan Crawford //1988



Diesel-electric Hybrid ferry MV Hallaigh nears the slipway at Sconser on Skye after crossing from the Isle of Raasay, its regular Calmac route. ...
Mark Bartlett 01/08/2018


MV Hebrides arrives at Tarbert on the Isle of Harris with the Saturday evening sailing from Uig on 28th July 2018. For most of the year the ...
Mark Bartlett 28/07/2018



Builders Plate on Caledonian MacBrayne MV Loch Linnhe, seen on the crossing from Mull to Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, showing it to ...
David Pesterfield 18/06/2013
Hebridean Princess, formerly a CalMac vessel now a cruise ship, anchored in Tobermory Bay in 1993. ...
Ewan Crawford 16//1993
Tobermory slipway on Mull seen during loading of Calmac Ferry MV Loch Linnhe, ready for its journey across the Sound of Mull to Kilchoan on the ...
David Pesterfield 18/06/2013
CalMac Ferry MV Loch Linnhe nears Tobermory slipway on Mull and will form the 14.30 crossing to Kilchoan, on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. 18th ...
David Pesterfield 18/06/2013

Calmac 'MV Hebrides' departs Uig berth on the north of Skye with the 1400hrs (1 hour 40 minute) sailing to Tarbert on Harris on 19th June 2013. ...
David Pesterfield 19/06/2013
Calmac 'MV Hebrides' loads at Uig Pier on the north of Skye as it readies for its 1400hrs sailing to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris on 19th June 2013. ...
David Pesterfield 19/06/2013
MV Hebrides swings round the headland to approach Uig Pier on Skye after crossing from Lochmaddy (North Uist) on 27th August 2018. After a ...
Mark Bartlett 27/07/2018
MV Hebridean Isles arriving at Uig Bay, Skye, in 1991. ...
Ewan Crawford //2016

Calmac 'MV Isle of Lewis' manoeuvres onto the berth at Ullapool Pier some 20 minutes late following the crossing from Stornoway on the evening of 20th ...
David Pesterfield 20/06/2013
Calmac 'MV Isle of Lewis' rounds the headland as it approaches Ullapool Pier along Loch Broom after the 2 hour 30 minute crossing from Stornoway on ...
David Pesterfield 20/06/2013