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Customer update - Summer 2024 timetables

Customer update - Summer 2024 timetables  

Updated - 14 February 2024 - Customer update - Islay and Colonsay timetables 

Publication of Islay and Colonsay timetables for 29 March - 30 September 2024 period  

The summer timetable for the Islay and Colonsay services for the period 29 March to 30 September has now been published on our website.

Bookings for the period 29 March - 3 June 2024 

Bookings will open online from 8am and from 9am for telephone reservations, on Friday 23 February for the period 29 March - 3 June 2024. 

This is to ensure customers can book for travel over the Easter period and for Feis Ile as soon as possible. We know this is one of our customers' priorities.  

Bookings for Islay and Colonsay timetables for the period 4 June - 30 September
 
Bookings will open for the period 4 June-30 September on 4 March and we will confirm 1 - 20 October timetables for this route and the rest of the network shortly after based on the effects of the upcoming overhaul plan.  

We apologise for the inconvenience caused to customers and the communities we serve on Islay and Colonsay by the late publication of the summer timetable. Their publication was later while we worked on necessary changes to operate around the significant infrastructure works taking place at Kennacraig and Port Askaig.  

Latest update: 25 January 2024

Our summer timetables for 29 March 2024 to 30 September 2024 are now available to view online, except for Kennacraig-Islay and Oban-Colonsay, as outlined below.* 

Bookings and advanced purchases for our Turn Up and Go routes for the period up to 30 September will open in three phases, beginning Thursday 18 January 2024. Phase one, phase two and phase three are now open. Find details on routes in each phase and key dates below.  

Timetables for the period 1 October - 20 October  

Further to our previous update, we wanted to let you know that the final week of the summer timetable, 1 October - 20 October inclusive, will be released when our vessel deployment plan for the start of the overhaul period is confirmed. Annual overhaul arrangements can affect vessel availability, which may in turn affect this period of the summer timetable. We will keep our customers and communities updated here on our website and via @CalMac_Updates on X (formerly Twitter).

Please also find some important route specific information outlined below.  

*Kennacraig-Islay and Oban-Colonsay timetables  

Please see our latest update on these timetables here

Little Minch services between Uig-Tarbert/Lochmaddy 

Due to infrastructure changes at Uig, we have been able to improve our timetables to provide more opportunities to deploy the mezzanine deck on Little Minch services for summer 2024.  

Gourock-Dunoon and Gourock-Kilcreggan  

As a result of changes to the ScotRail timetable from June onwards, we have revised both Gourock-Dunoon and Gourock-Kilcreggan timetables to maintain onward connection links. 

Small Isles Saturday service 

MV Lochnevis will operate the full Small Isles Saturday service meaning the vessel will carry out two calls to each island and there will be no requirement to deploy MV Loch Bhrusda or charter additional passenger vessels. 

We will continue to keep you updated on the release of the final period of the timetables, and on Kennacraig-Islay and Oban-Colonsay routes - and we apologise for the late publication of this information.  

Thank you to our customers for your patience and support. 

Read our summer timetable FAQs

Key dates for phased opening of bookings and advanced purchase for Turn up and Go routes 

Phase one - Thursday 18 January 

The following routes are now available for bookings:

  • Ardrossan - Brodick  

  • Oban - Craignure  

  • Oban - Castlebay  

  • Oban - Coll - Tiree  

  • Ullapool - Stornoway  

  • Ardrossan - Campbeltown  

  • Mallaig - Armadale  

  • Mallaig - Small Isles  

  • Barra - Eriskay  

  • Berneray - Leverburgh  

  • Mallaig - Lochboisdale    

Phase two - Tuesday 23 January 

The following routes are now available for advanced purchases: 

  • Claonaig - Lochranza  

  • Colintraive - Rhubodach  

  • Wemyss Bay - Rothesay  

  • Tarbert (Loch Fyne) - Portavadie  

  • Fionnphort - Iona  

  • Lochaline - Fishnish  

  • Tobermory - Kilchoan  

  • Gallanach - Kerrera  

  • Sconser - Raasay  

  • Tayinloan - Gigha  

Phase three - Monday 12 February 

The following routes are now open for bookings and pre-purchase:  

  • Largs - Cumbrae    

  • Uig - Tarbert - Lochmaddy  

  • Gourock - Kilcreggan  

  • Gourock - Dunoon  

  • Oban - Lismore  

We will keep communities and our customers informed of any changes to these dates as we work through the process.  

Reasons for delay and fare levels for 2024 

We apologise for the late publication of summer timetables, and for the impact this has had on businesses and the communities we serve. We were unable to prepare our systems to open bookings while we awaited the decision on 2024 fare levels from Transport Scotland.  

Transport Scotland has now confirmed fares will rise in line with the 2023 Consumer Price Index at a rate of 8.7% across all routes and fare types. The conclusion of this decision allows us to prepare to open bookings as per the timeline outlined above.  

Ahead of each timetable release, our teams work closely with communities, stakeholders and Transport Scotland to complete the complex work required to finalise timetables. This year, this has also included:  

  • Extended periods of consultation on Gourock - Dunoon and Gourock - Kilcreggan routes to ensure revised timetables can maintain connections for upcoming ScotRail timetable changes. 

  • A review of the Uig - Tarbert - Lochmaddy timetable to increase the use of mezzanine decks on this route. 

  • Planning for infrastructure works at Kennacraig and Port Askaig during the summer 2024, timetable period, which requires some timetable changes for these routes. We will be communicating with our customers and communities around this work - to ensure you have all the information to support you.  

Read our summer timetable FAQs

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