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  November 2014
CalMac Hopscotch
The Clyde



Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) operate ferries to many of the islands of Scotland.   The ferries and the islands vary from small to very large.   They offer special tickets called Island Hopscotch which allow passengers to travel on several related routes.   One of these tickets covers the Clyde, so armed with a camera and a sou'wester I ventured forth last July.

Photo Facts

  • Argyll arriving at Wemyss Bay from Rothesay in March 2013
  • Lochinvar arriving at Port Avadie from Tarbert.   This is the second of the pair of hybrid ferries to enter service with Calmac.
  • Isle of Arran on a stormy morning at Brodick pier on Arran  about to depart for Ardrossan
  • Dunvegan at Kennacraig on the service to Port Askaig on Islay
  • Argyll Flyer of Argyll Ferries (which is owned by Calmac) arriving at Dunoon from Gourock.   This has been a passenger only route since 2011.
  • Sound of Salpay from Western Ferries on the final crossing of the day from McIntyre's Point near Gourock to Hunter's Quay near Dunoon.
  • Loch Tarbert approaching Clanaoig from Lochranza on Arran
  • Loch Ranza on its lunch break at Tayinloan before resuming service to the small island of Gigha
  • Loch Shira at Cumbrae Slip with a snowy Largs in the background in March 2013

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx All photos taken in July 2014, unless stated.   Click to enlarge photos.




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