Are there restrictions on ferry travel at present?
From 16 April restrictions have changed to allow for travel across local authority boundaries to meet small groups socially outdoors, for recreation or exercise. Full guidance is available via gov.scot . From 26 April, remaining Scottish Government travel restrictions within Scotland will be lifted.
We are working closely with Transport Scotland and Scottish Government, and we will be engaging with you before your journey to ensure that you are aware of the guidelines and ask whether you are travelling in line with Scottish Government travel restrictions, which are now law.
If you are travelling with us in line with restrictions, it's critical that you prepare and plan ahead - the situation remains very different to 'normal times'.
Please also follow our strict safer travel rules. We have set these out below. They help ensure we keep each other and the islands we love safe and cover requirements that are now law - including the wearing of face coverings on public transport unless exempt.
A voluntary, Scottish Government scheme inviting all passengers to self-test for Covid-19 three days before travel to a Scottish island and on the day of travel is now in place. It's designed to reduce the risk of spread to island communities. Details are available from gov.scot - including information on how to order free test kits.
Here's a summary of the 7 Safer Travel Rules you need to follow when travelling with us, in line with restrictions:
1. Don't travel if you feel unwell or self isolating
2. Plan ahead and be prepared
3. Wear a face covering unless exempt
4. Wash hands regularly
5. Pay using contactless methods
6. Observe physical distancing
7. Follow guidance and listen to staff
Read our FAQs for more information on travelling safely.