Children travelling to Arran will now get a sense of what marine life they are likely to spot thanks to a new themed play area on the MV Caledonian Isles.
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New marine awareness play area for Arran ferry
Ferry operator issues Storm Ciara warning
West coast ferry operator CalMac is warning of potential travel disruption as Storm Ciara is forecast to hit its area of operations this weekend.
CalMac adopts Any Disability symbol
The UK's largest ferry company has become the first transport operator in the country to adopt the new 'Any Disability Symbol' on board.
CalMac offers bi-lingual customer care service
The UK's largest ferry and harbour operator is adding to its support for Gaelic speakers by offering a bi-lingual English and Gaelic customer care service.
New film opens up North Lewis to the world
A new film exploring a hidden corner of the Isle of Lewis has been premiered by Comunn Eachdraidh Nis - Ness Historical Society
CalMac on the look out for new Community Board members
West coast ferry and harbour operator CalMac is looking to appoint four new members to its Community Board.
Next generation of seafarers join CalMac
Sixteen Modern Apprentices (MA) will soon be welcomed aboard by west coast ferry and harbour operator CalMac after successfully completing their training.
New non-stick hull serves up environmental benefits
A new high tech paint coating is set to make CalMac ferry MV Loch Seaforth more fuel-efficient.
RNLI benefits from CalMac staff survey
CalMac staff have helped raise £2500 to support new crew members joining the Oban lifeboat.
Linkspan maintenance work at Oban Harbour to start in January
Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) will be replacing the lifting cylinders on linkspan number two at Oban Harbour as part of a planned maintenance programme.
CalMac helps strengthen Hebrides women's football
Lewis and Harris Women's Football Association (LHWFA) is now working with more than 40 girls in the islands thanks to an award through CalMac's Community Fund.
CalMac crowned team of the year at UK awards
CalMac's Service Updates Team has been crowned team of the year by the Contact Centre Association (CCA) for the quality of their customer care.
Deadline approaches for CalMac's Community Fund
With just over a month to go before it closes for this year CalMac's Community Fund still has plenty of scope to help youth groups up and down the west coast.
CalMac tackling ferry issues on the West Coast isles
Staff are working round the clock to get Scotland's West Coast ferry service back to normal, according to CalMac boss Robbie Drummond.
CalMac helps educate new generation about remembrance
Poppyscotland has drafted in ferry operator CalMac to help them educate a new generation of young Scots about remembrance.
Rothesay pupils learn a different lesson aboard MV Bute
More than 50 pupils from Rothesay's Joint Campus boarded the MV Bute to help the crew hone their safety skills.
Additional information for Lochaline upgrade closure
Ferry operator CalMac has taken further steps to highlight service changes during the temporary service arrangements serving Mull and Iona during the Lochaline pier upgrade work.
Record investment in ferry overhaul programme
Ferry operator CalMac is investing a record amount in keeping its fleet in ship shape condition during this year's winter maintenance programme. More than £9 million is being targeted at planned maintenance to ensure every vessel is ready for another year of supporting communities across the west coast. This is more than double the amount spent last year.
CalMac in running for east coast business award
West coast ferry operator CalMac is in the running for a prestigious business award, for its work on the east coast.
Expansion for CalMac's Community Fund
Demand from west coast youth groups for CalMac's new Community Fund has been so strong the company are expanding it.
Boost for Cowal creativity from CalMac
Young people in Cowal are being encouraged to explore their creative side at a series of new workshops being held in Dunoon Burgh Hall.
CalMac tees up Gourock junior golfers for success
Ferry operator CalMac's new Community Fund is helping Gourock Golf Club shape the playing prospects of younger members.
New children's book festival set for Arran
Two island organisations are benefiting from awards through CalMac's new Community Fund, Arran Theatre and Arts Trust (ATAT) and Corrie Primary Parent Council.
CalMac backing for new inclusion project on Bute
Teenagers with disabilities on Bute will soon be able to take part in a new range of inclusive activities thanks to an award from CalMac's Community Fund.
Light bulb moment lands Marino photography prize
Third officer Marino Giorgetti's light bulb moment has landed him the top prize in an international photography competition.
CalMac opens the airways to island youth
Primary school pupils on Cumbrae are set to get a taste of a career in broadcasting thanks to support from CalMac's new Community Fund.
New CalMac team delivers more on-board car spaces
A new CalMac team has delivered more than 15,000 extra car spaces over the past year thanks to more efficient on-board deck management.
Tarbert Guides all set to sail thanks to CalMac
Girlguiding members from Tarbert are set to navigate themselves across the Irish Sea to Belfast, thanks to generous support from ferry operator CalMac's Community Fund.
Sea Cadets get a boost from CalMac's Community Fund
Sea Cadets in Campbeltown will soon have access to more varied and challenging training thanks to the support of ferry operator CalMac's Community Fund.
Island crime event boosts Bute economy
Rothesay's crime writing festival, Bute Noir, expanded by more than 50% this year bringing around 250 visitors to the island specifically for the event.
Islay and Jura youth groups tap in to new Community Fund
Five youth groups across Islay and Jura have successfully applied to ferry operator CalMac's new Community Fund.
Temporary changes to Mull ferry route
West coast ferry operator CalMac has finalised alternative travel arrangements for the Lochaline to Fishnish, Mull route, while port owner Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) carries out upgrade work to the slipway.
CalMac backs west coast youth development projects
Young people in coastal communities are set to benefit from a new CalMac partnership that aims to build new life skills while supporting local charities. The west coast ferry operator has committed to The Wood Foundation's Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) and will be supporting its delivery in 11 schools across its area of operations.
£2,000 boost for Eigg Gaelic youth project
Development of Gaelic music and arts on Eigg has been boosted by a £2000 grant from ferry operator CaMac's Community Fund.
Expansion of Mull pipe band thanks to CalMac grant
The skirl of the pipes will be heard even louder on Mull soon, after Tobermory High School Pipe Band successfully bid for a grant to help them expand.
CalMac helps bring new Gaelic Youth Club to Skye
Gaelic Medium Primary school pupils in Portree will soon have somewhere to practise their language skills in the evening. Thanks to ferry operator CalMac's Community Fund Comann nam Pàrant Port Rìgh (CnPP) have been awarded £2000 to help with the set up costs of a new Gaelic youth club in the town.
Ton' tour sets sail for far-flung football fields
This summer Greenock Morton FC's charitable arm 'Morton in the Community' is taking its summer skills coaching courses across the water to the Western Isles.
CalMac crews donate £1000 to support Oban lifeboat
CalMac crews from MV Isle of Mull and MV Clansman have donated money gifted to them for outstanding service, to help support the work of the local RNLI.
Uist and Benbecula youth groups to benefit from CalMac Community Fund
Tagsa Uibhist's Armchair Athletics Project is one of the first to benefit from west coast ferry operator CalMac's new Community Fund.
Islands hear Sunnyside's conservation message
Sunnyside Primary School's Ocean Defenders spread their conservation message to a whole new audience thanks to west coast ferry operator CalMac.
Fleet resilience boosted by new Mobile Maintenance Team
West coast ferry operator CalMac has recruited a new Mobile Maintenance Team as part of its ongoing strategy to maintain high levels of customer service.
Feis Bharraigh taps into CalMac's new Community Fund
Feis Bharraigh's 'Music for All' has been awarded £2000 from west coast ferry operator CalMac's new Community Fund.
Community Fund boost for Lewis and Harris youth groups
The first youth groups to benefit from west coast ferry operator CalMac's new Community Fund have been announced.
Ullapool swim group take a dip into CalMac's new Community Fund
Ullapool Swimming Club is one of the first youth groups to benefit from west coast ferry operator CalMac's new Community Fund.
Excellence Award for CalMac's commitment to training
West coast ferry operator CalMac has won a prestigious hospitality award for its innovative Modern Apprenticeship partnership with City of Glasgow College.
CalMac first in UK with new customer service award
The UK's largest ferry operator has become the first organisation in the country to be awarded a new level of 'Global Standard' accreditation for the helpfulness and professionalism of its customer operations staff.
Full steam ahead for new CalMac themed play area in Oban
A CalMac themed experience is to form part of a heritage play area in the new Rockfield Centre in Oban.
Home on the Sea has been re-recorded in Gaelic and will shortly be released by Skipinnish
In 2016 CalMac worked with Skipinnish to write a song that summed up CalMac's relationship to the west coast of Scotland, the result was Home on the Sea.
Record breaking Easter for west coast islands
West coast ferry operator CalMac has reported a record breaking Easter weekend as visitors flocked to visit island destinations.
Managing CalMac online reservations now easier
CalMac has improved the functionality of its online reservations system. The ferry and harbour operator has now introduced new features to their web booking system that allows customers to save payment details and make changes to reservations online.
CalMac creates new customer service jobs in Stornoway
Ferry operator CalMac is bringing new jobs to Stornoway with the opening of new customer service centre in the town.
CalMac ensures Queen Mary flies the flag again
The on-going restoration of the historic steamship TS Queen Mary has been buoyed by a donation from west coast ferry operator CalMac.
CalMac backs Ullapool winter lights bid
Ferry operator CalMac is backing a north-west community in its bid to win £38,000 of funding for its Winter Lights Festival.
CalMac's new charity link up supports seafarers' children
Disadvantaged young people living in seafaring communities are set to benefit from a £5k grant from ferry operator CalMac.
CalMac Modern Apprentices move Queen Mary restoration forward
Ferry and harbour operator CalMac has lent some helping hands to boost the restoration of the iconic British steamship, TS Queen Mary.
CalMac partnership leads to UK award for City of Glasgow College
A training partnership with west coast ferry operator CalMac has secured a top award for City of Glasgow College.
CalMac's latest fleet addition proving popular
A new model of ferry operator CalMac's MV Loch Seaforth is proving a hit with more then 400 sold in the first few weeks since its launch.
CalMac confirms sponsorship for Skye music festival
West coast ferry operator CalMac has confirmed it will be the main sponsor of a new music festival on the Isle of Skye.
CalMac cutting carbon as part of new eco actions
West Coast Ferry operator CalMac is on course to cut its carbon emissions by 5% this year.
Largest cargo to offload in a decade at Perth Harbour
Two of the largest vessels to visit the Perth Port in recent years docked within 24 hours of each other last week.
Hospitality apprentices set for career at sea
The latest graduates on a hospitality Modern Apprenticeship (MA) aimed at the merchant marine industry are set to embark on their career at sea.
CalMac publishes 2018 carrying figures
West coast ferry operator CalMac has published its carrying figures for 2018.
CalMac Community Board aims to boost island business
CalMac's independent Community Board has teamed up with the company to help raise the profile of Scotland's west coast islands as business destinations.
Outer Hebrides Tourism and CalMac Ferries set to launch extensive Uist Marketing campaign for 2019 season
CalMac Ferries is set to launch a new national marketing campaign ahead of the 2019 tourism season, designed to raise awareness of Uist as an unmissable destination.
CalMac amend timetable to minimise disruption during Oban linkspan works
Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has advised terminal users that they will be shutting Berth No.1 to replace the linkspan from February 1-28.
Young people to reap benefit of CalMac's new Community Fund
Ferry operator CalMac is launching a new Community Fund to help boost opportunities for young people in communities up and down the West Coast.
CalMac takes over the tiller at Argyll Ferries
A new future for the Gourock Dunoon ferry route starts today (January 21), with the service being brought under the CalMac Ferries flag.
David MacBrayne Limited Announces the Appointment of a New Group Chief Executive Officer
David MacBrayne Limited Announces the Appointment of a New Group Chief Executive Officer
Vessel overhaul schedule - Winter/Spring 2019
List of the remaining vessels of the fleet yet to go into annual dry dock refit.
CalMac finding tea leaves passengers cold
It may be the cup that cheers, but it seems tea is no longer the hot beverage of choice for travellers with west coast ferry operator, CalMac.
CalMac joins Prince of Wales to sign Waste to Wealth Commitment
Ferry operator CalMac joined 40 organisations from across the UK to pledge to take action to tackle the challenges of climate change. The company has signed up to the Prince of Wales' 'Waste to Wealth Commitment' organised by his responsible business network, Business in the Community. Leaders from business, government, academia and civil society joined the Prince at the initiative's launch in London.
Passenger numbers continue to grow for CalMac
Our passenger numbers continue to grow as reported in our parent group David MacBrayne Ltd's annual accounts
CalMac breaks new barriers with youth training opportunities
Modern Apprenticeship (MA) opportunities with ferry operator CalMac have more than doubled over the past two years.
CalMac encourages new awareness of wildlife
Over the summer volunteers on CalMac ferries spotted more than 500 marine mammals across the west coast as part of the company's Marine Awareness Programme.
First Port Assistants embark on Modern Apprenticeship voyage
The first intake of ferry operator CalMac's new Port Operations Modern Apprenticeship has cast off on their training voyage.
UK ferry operator of the year award for CalMac
West coast ferry operator CalMac has been named 'Ferry Operator of the Year 2018' at the National Transport Awards.
Ferry operator issues Storm Callum warning
West coast ferry operator CalMac is warning of potential travel disruption as Storm Callum is forecast to hit its area of operations from Friday onwards.
Rothesay ferry terminal works start in September
Argyll and Bute Council are carrying out improvement works to Rothesay pier starting next month. There will be minimal, but unavoidable, service disruption for the duration of the project.
Appointment of CalMac Managing Director
The Board of David MacBrayne Ltd has today (June 19, 2018) confirmed the appointment of Robbie Drummond as Managing Director of CalMac Ferries Ltd. He has been acting as interim managing director since February. Read more
Storm Hector expected to hit west coast overnight
Storm Hector is expected to hit Scotland's west coast overnight causing widespread disruption to ferry services, operator CalMac has warned.
Plastic reductions pledge to mark World Oceans Day
To mark World Oceans Day, ferry operator CalMac has announced further steps to cut down on the amount of plastic it uses on board.
CalMac lends support to Year of Young People 2018
Ferry operator CalMac is supporting the Scottish Government's Year of Young People (YoYP) 2018 with two new ticketing initiatives.
Permanent repair scheduled for MV Clansman
A delivery date for CalMac ferry MV Clansman's new propeller shaft has been announced. Following on from a temporary repair to the vessel's propulsion system, the vessel will dock again for a permanent replacement part to be fitted from June 1 returning on June 12.
CalMac working round the clock to ease disruption
West coast ferry operator CalMac has reassured customers that despite unavoidable disruption due to vessel repair overrun, each of its 26 island destinations remain very much open for business.
Repair complications require CalMac fleet reshuffle
Complications during the repair to the propulsion system of West Coast ferry operator CalMac's MV Clansman means the vessel will now be out of service for longer than first anticipated. To minimise any disruption CalMac has agreed an extension to the MV Hebrides' operating licence, which was due to enter dry dock, with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for a further three weeks.
End of an era as last 'Island' class retires
MV Eigg, the last 'Island' class ferry in the CalMac fleet, is retiring from west coast service.
New partnership set to boost marine awareness
West coast ferry operator CalMac has teamed up with 14 conservation bodies in a bid to better protect the environment it sails in. The company's new Marine Awareness Programme outlines specific actions it will take to help passengers get the most from the environment they are travelling through and to better understand the wildlife in its area of operations.
Easter demand means further changes to CalMac services
Ferry operator CalMac is making further changes to its West Coast services in order to absorb on-going capacity issues resulting from the MV Clansman still in dry dock. The Clansman is awaiting the return of her propulsion unit sent to Denmark for repairs.
CalMac's new man at the helm prepares for firm's busiest ever summer season
CalMac Ferries' new Interim Managing Director, Robbie Drummond, is looking forward to the company's busiest ever summer season, which starts in earnest this Easter weekend on CalMac's ferry routes up and down the west coast of Scotland.
CalMac expands apprenticeship programme
Ferry operator CalMac is expanding its Modern Apprenticeship (MA) programme to include harbour operations.
CalMac career complete for Raasay ferry
One of ferry operator CalMac's longest serving vessels is retiring from west coast service.
CalMac Interim Managing Director appointed
The Board of David MacBrayne Limited has today (January 31, 2018) announced the appointment of Robbie Drummond, Interim Director of Service Delivery and former Group Finance Director, as Interim Managing Director of CalMac Ferries Limited from Monday, 5 February 2018.
Arran customers come first with CalMac
Passengers on the Ardrossan Arran crossing are set to reap the benefit of CalMac's newly recognised commitment to first class customer service.
Ocean Defenders recruit CalMac to anti plastic campaign
Ocean Defenders from Sunnyside Primary School in Glasgow have enlisted ferry operator CalMac to their campaign to ban plastic straws.
Journey's end for for Hammy after 250,000 miles
One of west coast ferry operator CalMac's most prolific passengers is retiring after sailing the equivalent of more than 10 times around world with the company.
CalMac takes a creative cut to safety announcement
Ferry operator CalMac has premiered a new innovative on-board safety video to try and better educate passengers on what to do in an emergency.
Ferry operator moves to reinforce behaviour standards
Ferry operator CalMac is launching a new campaign to reinforce its zero tolerance policy on unacceptable behaviour.
CalMac appoints new wildlife officer after successful survey
Ferry operator CalMac has seconded a full time ORCA wildlife officer to help educate crew and passengers about marine life across the west coast.
CalMac Community Board to hold first meeting
The Community Board set up by ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) to provide an insight into the issues affecting island and rural communities, is meeting for the first time later this week. (Friday, November 17)
CalMac MAs set a course for career at sea
The first intake on a new hospitality Modern Apprenticeship aimed specifically at the merchant marine industry are about to embark on their new career.
Martin Dorchester steps down as David MacBrayne Chief Executive
David MacBrayne Ltd (DML) announced today (Tuesday, November 7,) that its Chief Executive Martin Dorchester, who is also Managing Director of CalMac Ferries Ltd, will be leaving the company to take up a new role as Chief Executive of Includem, - a specialist Scottish charity supporting some of the most vulnerable young people and their families across Scotland.
Community backing for CalMac service improvements
Timetable changes to improve bus and train connections are among the service improvements being made by ferry operator CalMac.
Transport Minister visits CalMac's smallest vessel
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf has visited the newest and smallest vessel in the CalMac Fleet, the 12 metre MV Carvoria, which operates on the Kerrera to Gallanach route, south of Oban.
CalMac sets out plans for ferry services during Lochmaddy works
Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has set out its plans for ferry services affected by the essential maintenance work at Lochmaddy Harbour, which are scheduled to take place for one week from November 13.
CalMac improves customer experience for hearing impaired
Hard of hearing ferry passengers are set to benefit from a new video interpretation service that will make it easier for them to manage their ticket bookings.
CalMac announces new Community Board members
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has confirmed membership of its new Community Board. The creation of the twelve member, independent board was a key element of the company's winning bid for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract last year and will be a strong community voice on strategic ferry issues.
Wildlife watch help CalMac to environmental prize
Efforts by CalMac to build better environmental partnerships across the west coast have been recognised by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.
Emergency drill set for Armadale Mallaig crossing
Ferry operator CalMac will be testing out its emergency planning drills on the Armadale Mallaig crossing on Wednesday, September 20.
CalMac appoints chair of Community Board
Lewis businessman, Angus Campbell, has been appointed Chair of CalMac's new Community Board, which the ferry operator is creating to provide a voice of the communities on strategic issues.
CalMac strengthens ties with whales, dolphins and porpoises charity ORCA
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is participating for the third year in this week's (July 29 - August 6) professional mariners' survey organised by whales, dolphins and porpoises charity ORCA
CALMAC TO OPERATE ADDITIONAL SATURDAY STORNOWAY-ULLAPOOL SAILINGS IN AUGUST
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is to run additional late night sailings between Stornoway and Ullapool on Saturdays August 5, 12, and 19, to help address unprecedented demand on the route.
CalMac seeks members for new community board
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is inviting applications from residents of the rural communities covered by the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) contract to form a Community Board which will have the primary purpose of being a voice of the communities on strategic issues.
CalMac takes over running of Kerrera ferry
One of Scotland's shortest ferry services, which links the small Argyll island of Kerrera to the mainland south of Oban, will be operated by award-winning ferry operator CalMac Ferries Ltd from July 1, 2017.
North Uist organisation confirms second St Kilda Challenge to UK's most remote outpost
It is a wild, rugged, desolate but jewel-like place where few have trodden. But one Western Isles community organisation has brought the dream closer to reality for many in the form of the St Kilda Challenge yacht race.
Jump on board with CalMac for National Ferry Fortnight offers and add a friend free
Have you got on board yet? The ninth annual National Ferry Fortnight runs until May 20 across the UK and CalMac has plenty of tempting offers to get you afloat.
Caledonian MacBrayne makes £1,000 donation to RNLI volunteer lifesavers
Money raised by Caledonian MacBrayne staff for the RNLI has been presented to volunteers at Oban Lifeboat station.
Scottish-led group wins top international honour for innovative maritime safety work
A Scottish-led academic and industry collaboration has won a top international marine award for a revolutionary project to enhance safety at sea procedures.
Ferry tasty - CalMac's onboard cafeterias add new items to their menus for 2017
It's enough to get the taste buds a-tingling, as CalMac introduces the likes of cullen skink pie, smoked salmon bagels and vegetarian haggis nachos to its ever popular menu.
Two Caledonian MacBrayne bridge crews targeted by lasers during critical manoeuvres
Two Caledonian MacBrayne vessels have been targeted during critical docking manoeuvres by a powerful laser beam.
It's child's play as CalMac's Armadale port staff start kids' fun zone at the ferry office
Port staff at Caledonian MacBrayne's office in Armadale on the Isle of Skye have created a special fun zone for children.
Second award in one week for CalMac's support to tourism on Scotland's west coast
For the second time in a week, CalMac has stepped forward to pick up a top award recognising its support to Scotland's west coast tourism.
CalMac's first campaign aimed at millennials wins prestigious Travel Marketing Award
Caledonian MacBrayne, together with The Lane Agency, has won the digital marketing campaign of the year category at The Travel Marketing Awards.
Two awards nods for CalMac, recognising support to rural communities and economies
Caledonian MacBrayne has been shortlisted for two major awards recognising its role in supporting rural economies across Scotland's west coast.
CalMac apprentices celebrate a year of firsts as part of the Scottish Apprenticeship Week
A group of three of CalMac's current 19 apprentices, came together this week to celebrate a year of notable milestones for the company's training programmes.
CalMac's annual passenger carrying figures exceed five million for first time in 20 years
Caledonian MacBrayne's official carrying statistics for 2016 reveal that the west coast of Scotland ferry company passed five million passengers for the first time since 1997.
Martin Dorchester announces that he will remain as CEO for David MacBrayne Group
As Caledonian MacBrayne's managing director and chief executive officer for the David MacBrayne Group, Martin Dorchester has announced that he will remain in post.
Plain sailing for Gourock primary students, as CalMac experts make an educational visit
A group of around 50 primary 7 students at St Ninian's Primary School in Gourock have been treated to a morning of life on the ocean waves - without even leaving the classroom.
CalMac launches 2018 planner for coach and tour operators, with new route packages
It's seldom too early to plan and, with that in mind, CalMac has launched its 2018 Travel Trade Product Planner aimed at helping coach and tour operators to discover the beauty of Scotland's west coast.
Bernera services manager hangs up his uniform after half a century with CalMac
An onboard services manager from Lewis, who has served with CalMac for almost half a century, has hung up his uniform for the last time.
LOCHBOISDALE-MALLAIG SERVICE SUSPENDED FOR SHIP REPAIRS
Ferry passengers intending to travel between Lochboisdale and Mallaig next week (w/c January 23) are being advised that the service is being suspended for a short period due to essential maintenance on MV Lord of the Isles.
New super model makes her home on North Uist and becomes muse sensation for pupils
A new super model has floated into Lochmaddy on North Uist, dressed in black and white with a hint of red - and she intends to stick around for a while.
CalMac unveil summer timetables for 2017 - increased capacity on Mallaig - Armadale service
Ferry operator CalMac Ferries Ltd has announced that its Summer 2017 timetable will be online and available for booking from 12 noon tomorrow ( Jan 10, 2017).
Update: Storm Barbara - December 24
Disruption to CalMac routes across the network continues, as Storm Barbara tracks its way across Scotland's west coast, but there has been resumption of services in many areas today (Saturday December 24).
Caledonian MacBrayne ferry info as Storm Barbara makes her formidable presence felt
With the well-forecast arrival of Storm Barbara, Caledonian MacBrayne ferries are experiencing widespread disruption across the 200-mile network today (Friday December 23).
CalMac travel advice - Storm Barbara
The arrival of the UK's second named storm of the winter has been well-publicised by meteorologists and is due to make landfall on Scotland's west coast late Thursday/early Friday (December 22/23).
Christmas message from Martin Dorchester, Chief Executive Officer, David MacBrayne Ltd
It is that time of year when we turn our attention to family and friends in anticipation of the fun and relaxation of the festive season.
CalMac warn of weather disruptions
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is warning anyone planning to travel by ferry this week and into the holiday period that strong winds are forecast in many parts of its network leading to possible disruption of ferry services.
CalMac launches annual photo competition for 2018 calendar
Time waits for no man, woman or ferry and, although we have yet to wave 2016 goodbye, CalMac has now opened its popular photographic competition for its 2018 calendar.
CalMac clean up puts a shine on local beauty spot
An eight strong group of volunteers from ferry operator CalMac rolled up their sleeves to put a bit of shine back on one of Inverclyde's top beauty spots.
Caledonian MacBrayne leads the UK with first maritime hospitality apprenticeship
A group of eight students is making history alongside CalMac with a brand new apprenticeship programme - the first of its type in the UK.
Caledonian MacBrayne's new look online ticketing system gets ready to go live
Operator of the UK's largest ferry network, Caledonian MacBrayne, is refreshing its online ticketing to make it easier to use.
UK's largest ferry operator to feature as part of BBC's new Storm Heroes programme
A brand new BBC ALBA series called Storm Heroes - Gaisgich na Stoirme in Gaelic - will begin on Tuesday (November 15) with Caledonian MacBrayne playing a feature role.
Timetable amendments to ease disruption to Rothesay
Ferry operator CalMac is running an amended timetable to the Isle of Bute to try and minimise disruption caused by the withdrawal of one of the island's two vessels.
Caledonian MacBrayne named as the Living Wage Foundation's Scottish Champion 2016
West coast ferry operator CalMac has been named today (Monday October 31) as Scottish Living Wage Champion for 2016.
CalMac's greatest fan, globe-trotting tales, good food for all - welcome to Caledonian MacBrayne's travel and tourism conference
•Record-breaking adventurer Mark Beaumont tells tourism and travel industry leaders that he continues 'to think that Scotland is the world's best adventure playground' •More than 100 people assemble in Glasgow to look at the future of the industry at the CalMac Travel and Tourism Conference 2016, held in Glasgow •Proceedings are opened and led throughout the day by self-confessed CalMac fan broadcaster, journalist and author Muriel Gray •Shirley Spear of internationally-acclaimed restaurant The Three Chimneys explains her aspirations to make Scotland a Good Food Nation
CalMac at home on the sea - pushing the boat out with Skipinnish for unique film
In an innovative film exploring its enduring role at the heart of Scotland's west coast, CalMac launches Your West Coast campaign today (Thursday October 20) - a collaboration with well-known band Skipinnish.
UK awards recognise Caledonian MacBrayne efforts in 2015 with special commendations
West coast ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne has picked up two highly commended accolades at the National Transport Awards (NTA).
MV Hebrides leaves dry dock and successfully completes sea trials
Caledonian MacBrayne ferry MV Hebrides left dry dock in Greenock and successfully completed sea trials today (Saturday October 15); she is now journeying north to Oban.
MV Hebrides to leave dry dock and resume service
Caledonian MacBrayne ferry MV Hebrides, which was involved in an incident at Lochmaddy on Sunday September 25, will leave dry dock after repairs in Greenock on Saturday (October 15).
And the winner is... CalMac shortlisted for two prestigious National Transport Awards
Operator of the UK's largest ferry network, Caledonian MacBrayne, has been shortlisted in two categories for prestigious UK-wide awards.
CalMac training comes closer to home for apprentices
A new link up with City of Glasgow College means all ferry operator CalMac's engineering and deck apprentices will now be trained in Scotland.
New west coast ferry contract starts
The £900m contract to operate ferry services on the west coast of Scotland, awarded to CalMac Ferries Ltd by Transport Scotland in May this year, comes into force tomorrow (October 1, 2016).
MV Hebrides leaves Lochmaddy harbour bound for the Clyde
Caledonian MacBrayne's ferry MV Hebrides, which was involved in an incident on North Uist on Sunday (September 25), successfully sailed from Lochmaddy harbour shortly after 1515 today (Thursday September 29).
MV Hebrides update and latest contingency plans
Caledonian MacBrayne can confirm that, weather permitting, MV Hebrides will move from her current location at the pier in Lochmaddy, North Uist tomorrow (Thursday September 29) and begin her journey to Greenock. She will enter dry dock at the end of the week.
MV Hebrides will proceed to dry dock in Greenock
Caledonian MacBrayne's vessel MV Hebrides, which was involved in an incident at Lochmaddy harbour on Sunday (September 25) due to a mechanical failure, will proceed to dry dock in Greenock for repairs.
Update following yesterday's incident with MV Hebrides in Lochmaddy
Caledonian MacBrayne is continuing to form contingency plans in the wake of an incident involving MV Hebrides at Lochmaddy on North Uist yesterday (Sunday September 25).
CalMac confirms additional sailings to help ease disruption
Caledonian MacBrayne has confirmed additional sailings to help ease disruption after the incident involving MV Hebrides this morning (1105, Sunday September 25).
Media statement - MV Hebrides, Lochmaddy
Caledonian MacBrayne can confirm that there was an incident at Lochmaddy on North Uist. The incident occurred at 1105 on Sunday (September 25) as MV Hebrides, travelling from Tarbert on Harris, was approaching Lochmaddy Port.
Ferry improvements bring economic boost for islands
Businesses in the Western Isles are reporting an economic boost driven by increased ferry capacity and dedicated services.
Mallaig Armadale winter timetable now available
CalMac Ferries Ltd has confirmed that its full timetable for Winter 2016/17 is now available to book online.
One way system trial for Oban Pier
Ferry operator CalMac and port owner Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd are to trial a one way traffic system at the Oban terminal.
CalMac unveils plans for "new era" in west coast ferry services
Award-winning ferry operator CalMac Ferries Ltd has gone public for the first time with its ambitious plans to transform west coast ferry services in a new contract beginning on 1 October 2016 for up to eight years.
CalMac extends summer Go Days Out trips and teams up with ScotRail for Rail & Sail
Summer has just been extended - it's official.
CALMAC SIGNS FERRY AND HARBOUR SERVICES CONTRACTS
Award-winning ferry operator CalMac Ferries Ltd (CalMac) is pleased to confirm that it has signed the formal contracts with Transport Scotland and Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) to operate ferries and harbours on the west coast of Scotland.
Ferry urgent! Less than 40 days left to make young ferry fan's Lego dream come true
Young Luke Ball from Kilmarnock has a dream - but he has less than 40 days left to make it a reality.
CalMac announces new routes for winter timetable
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne is launching new routes among other amendments to its winter timetable after community consultation.
Let them eat cake - CalMac staff in Mallaig bake up a super-sweet £500 for MS Society
Two kind-hearted CalMac staff at Mallaig have raised £500 for the MS Society Scotland with a stall of delicious home-baking available for passengers at the port office.
Two school pupils given innovative, new engineering work placement by CalMac
Two students from Inverclyde have been given an opportunity to gain valuable engineering skills thanks to a new initiative working with schools in the area.
Ship shape on the beach! Kind-hearted staff at CalMac set about cleaning up Lunderston
A group of community-spirited Caledonian MacBrayne staff has stepped forward to carry out a clean-up in Lunderston Bay in Inverclyde.
A right royal appointment! Lochmaddy port assistant invited to meeting with The Queen
A Caledonian MacBrayne port assistant was invited to join HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at an exclusive gathering.
MV Catriona starts final sea trials
The latest addition to ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne's fleet, MV Catriona, is starting advanced sea trials around Arran and Cumbrae.
MV Hebridean Isles returns to Islay
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has confirmed that repairs to the MV Hebridean Isles have been completed and she currently en route to Islay. She is due to arrive later today (Tuesday, August 9) and will enter service as soon as practicable.
CalMac announces extra capacity for Islay
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne is redeploying a vessel to Islay and moving another to 24 hour working to increase capacity on the route.
CalMac charters replacement vessel to increase Islay capacity
Ferry operator CalMac has chartered a freight vessel for the next six days to increase capacity on the Islay service.
CalMac puts focus on healthy eating on-board
A healthier approach to food on-board Caledonian MacBrayne ferries has been recognised by a national NHS-backed scheme.
CalMac boosts Craignure's first aid capability
Craignure on Mull is the latest CalMac location to have its first aid capability boosted with a defibrillator.
Greenock's Demi takes top award for saving the big day
Seven newly wed couples had CalMac employee Demi Wylie to thank for saving their big day and she's now been recognised for her efforts at the Scottish Transport Awards.
CalMac hails success of P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea
More than 25,000 people packed the esplanade at Greenock over the weekend to support the inaugural P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea.
CalMac port office in Tarbert, Harris, gets new community defibrillator from charity
Staff at CalMac's port in Tarbert, Isle of Harris, have been trained to use a newly donated community defibrillator.
Inaugural St Kilda Challenge hailed as great success as Moonstruck Too takes victory
After 100 nautical miles and almost exactly 23 hours at sea, Moonstruck Too, Gordon Lawson's J122, took victory at the inaugural St Kilda Challenge.
And they're off! Racers and cruisers head for UK's remotest outpost in St Kilda Challenge
At 9.30am today (Friday June 10), 27 yachts left the Sound of Harris in Scotland's Outer Hebrides with their sights set firmly on the St Kilda archipelago - a return journey of some 100 nautical miles.
Eyes west! Thirty yachts arrive at Lochmaddy to take part in inaugural St Kilda Challenge
A fleet of 30 yachts has arrived at the North Uist village of Lochmaddy in Scotland's Outer Hebrides in advance of the inaugural St Kilda Challenge.
Three shortlistings for CalMac teams at the Scottish Transport Awards in Glasgow
Teams at Caledonian MacBrayne have been rewarded for their efforts with three shortlisted nominations for the Scottish Transport Awards.
CALMAC STATEMENT ON MALLAIG-ARMADALE ROUTE
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has confirmed it intends making no further changes to the Mallaig-Armadale service this summer but has agreed, after listening to community concerns, that it will review vessel deployment for summer 2017 in consultation with affected communities.
Caledonian MacBrayne's free public access wi-fi rollout progressing across network
Almost half of the 200-mile long Caledonian MacBrayne network is now live with free public access wi-fi - and the remainder will be completed in early July.
Finlaggan on full service for Islay whisky festival
The MV Finlaggan's mezzanine vehicle deck is now back in full working order in time for the Islay Festival of Music and Malt, ferry operator CalMac has confirmed.
Buying, selling and serving local gives CalMac a nod at the Scottish Food and Drink Awards
An unwavering commitment to buying, serving and selling local produce on board a fleet of ferries has won a nomination at Scotland's Food and Drink Awards.
Stornoway and Ullapool route will be first to pilot changes to CalMac's ticketing system
Passengers on CalMac's Ullapool to Stornoway route will be the first to trial new enhancements to the company's ticketing system.
CalMac commissioned report looks at next 25 years' Argyll and Clyde marine economy
The independent report commissioned by CalMac was co-authored and compiled by MacArthur Green environmental consultants and academic specialists at University of the West of Scotland...
Renewed global customer service standards secured
CalMac, the UK's largest ferry, operator has successfully renewed its Global Standard Accreditation for customer care in the face of a 37% increase in calls over the past year. The company's 46 strong customer operations team was again given the much coveted quality assurance mark by the Contact Centre Association (CCA) for its helpfulness and professionalism.
CalMac goes Gaelic with social media
Staff at CalMac's customer operations centre are on a crash learning course to reach out to more Gaelic speakers through social media. Six volunteers from the customer team in Gourock are going through a Gaelic beginners course to enable them to start posting service update tweets bilingually.
CalMac backing brings national science workshops to remote areas for the first time
Primary school children across some of Scotland's remotest west coast areas will benefit from a touring science education programme for the first time.
CalMac's Small Isles ferry becomes the latest in the fleet to achieve Taste Our Best status
A ferry serving Scotland's Small Isles has become the 11th in Caledonian MacBrayne's fleet to achieve the national Taste Our Best status.
Arran route first for new mobility access trial
Both ferries to Arran are trialling a new booking system that should improve the travelling experience for passengers with mobility problems.
CalMac enlists the unlikely help of the 'Eejits' to show millennials what they're missing
Caledonian MacBrayne's brand new campaign for summer 2016 has firmly stuck on a fun badge to challenge the doubting millennial visitor to head for the isles. Hold on to your (woolly) hats!
New disruption warnings keep customers better informed
Ferry operator CalMac is changing the way it alerts customers to disrupted services following feedback from passengers. An additional service status of yellow is being added to the existing green, amber and red categories on their website to give passengers clearer information about potential disruption.
CalMac announces new single dive support contract
Shearwater Marine Services Ltd has been appointed as the lead contractor to provide diving support services to ferry operator CalMac. The company, based in Dunoon, will now be responsible for all diving support to CalMac's 31 strong fleet and harbour operations after winning the competitive tender competition.
Bus link agreed for new Lochboisdale Mallaig service
Ferry operator CalMac has signed a deal with Fort William based Shiel Buses to provide onward links for foot passengers using the new Lochboisdale to Mallaig service.
First day for MV Isle of Lewis in Oban
MV Isle of Lewis will be a familiar sight in Oban Bay over the summer as she picks up the new daily service to Barra.
MV Argyle returns to service at Wemyss Bay pier
After a six month absence while harbour improvement work was completed, MV Argyle is back at Wemyss Bay as CalMac resumes normal service to Rothesay.
CalMac takes title at National Tourism Awards
West coast ferry operator CalMac has picked an award at the UK National Coach Tourism Awards. They were crowned Cross Sea Carrier Of The Year at a ceremony in Birmingham last night (March 16).
Caledonian MacBrayne makes positive steps towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Caledonian MacBrayne is on track to meet its own greenhouse gas emissions reduction target.
CalMac lends backing to inaugural P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea at Inverclyde
Operator of the UK's largest ferry network, Caledonian MacBrayne has committed support to the first ever P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea.
Wemyss Bay to reopen for Easter
CalMac services to Rothesay will restart from Wemyss Bay on Good Friday (March 25). The pier has been closed for six months for essential repairs with services diverted to Gourock but will reopen for travel again in time for the Easter weekend.
Safety evacuation system upgrade for MV Coruisk
A new-state-of-the-art lifesaving system is being fitted to the MV Coruisk before it takes on its new summer sailing schedule between Oban and Mull.
CalMac giveaway for National Ferry Fortnight
West coast operator CalMac is giving away 1000 free tickets as part of National Ferry Fortnight.
Port Ellen temporary closure
Essential repair work at Port Ellen Ferry Terminal will require ferry operator CalMac to divert all Islay services to Port Askaig for a period of around three weeks. The port's linkspan is being replaced, along with cylinders and pipework being upgraded by owner, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), requiring closure from April 18.
Tune in to CalMac Culture Music 2016
Ferry operator CalMac is again looking for the best in new Scottish talent to play a set at some of the country's biggest summer music festivals. Now in its third year CalMac Culture Music for up and coming singers and bands is now open for entries. Finalists will battle it out on the iconic stage at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow on March 31 for a chance to take the stage at one of nine festivals taking place across the west coast.
Horsing around over for Twilight Sparkle as CalMac staff rein her in to return to Alice
Kind-hearted CalMac staff have helped to reunite a little girl with her favourite toy pony.
Safety evacuation system upgrade for MV Loch Portain
A new-state-of-the-art lifesaving system is being fitted to the MV Loch Portain during its annual refit this year. The new Maritime Evacuation System (MES) will be obvious to regular passengers as it is being relocated from the vehicle deck to the passenger deck. The new equipment will significantly speed up the vessel's evacuation in the event of an emergency.
CalMac picks up first ever Creative Business prize at Arts and Business Scotland Awards
The UK's largest ferry network operator, Caledonian MacBrayne, has picked up the inaugural Creative Business Award at the Arts and Business Scotland Awards.
Storm Henry - advice for customers
With the arrival of Storm Henry, adverse weather conditions are predicted to affect Scotland's west coast and Caledonian MacBrayne is advising passengers to check ahead on the company's website, social media feeds or app for disruptions across the network.
CalMac pulls out all the stops to get services through to west coast communities - but disruptions persist
As the tail end of Storm Gertrude persists, bringing difficult conditions to Scotland's west coast, services across Caledonian MacBrayne's 200-mile long network continue to be disrupted and passengers are, once again, advised to check ahead.
Tail end of Storm Jonas to cause ferry disruption
West Coast ferry services are expected to catch the tail end of the storm that brought near-record snowfall to the eastern US this week.
New CalMac summer timetable brings benefits across West Coast
Improved ferry services across the west coast for this summer have now been finalised between Transport Scotland, local communities and ferry operator CalMac.
CalMac runs 75% of services in face of Storm Frank
Through flexible timetabling and responsive crewing, ferry operator CalMac managed to run around 75% of services to keep islands and isolated communities connected during Storm Frank.
CalMac meets weather challenge with emergency timetable
In the face of severe weather warnings ferry operator CalMac is radically altering some sailings in an effort to get people home for Christmas.
MV Coruisk start date confirmed for Gourock-Dunoon
CalMac ferry MV Coruisk will again provide extra cover on the Gourock-Dunoon crossing this winter. The vessel will be deployed on December 28 until the end of March 2016.
CalMac is first ferry company to pick up Contact Centre Association global award
CalMac Ferries' customer services staff have picked up the Contact Centre Association's global accreditation at a ceremony in Glasgow - the first ferry company ever to achieve the standard.
Third hybrid ferry launches on the Clyde
A cutting edge ferry, which is the third of three unique 'hybrid' vessels, was launched on the Clyde today at Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd's (FMEL) shipyard in Port Glasgow.
CalMac Culture Screen winner's prize film goes live on Caledonian MacBrayne website
A budding amateur film maker from Oban, who won the first CalMac Culture Screen competition, has premiered his short movie in Glasgow, to great acclaim.
CalMac promises a dram good time with Whisky Pass
Launch of CalMac's new West Coast Whisky Pass
Caledonian MacBrayne issues safety warning over swimming at the Armadale ferry port
Members of the public have been asked not to swim or dive at Armadale Ferry Terminal on the isle of Skye by Caledonian MacBrayne staff.
Temporary Ullapool diversion starts next week
Improvement works to Ullapool Harbour's linkspan are on course to start on Monday (April 20) meaning the closure of the port to vehicular traffic for a period of four weeks
Tasty! Shopping locally nets nomination for CalMac at Scottish Food and Drink Awards
Caledonian MacBrayne's commitment to sourcing and serving Scottish produce has been recognised with a nomination at the Scottish Food and Drink Awards.
Inverness and Thurso band Gabbro picks up festival slot at CalMac Culture Music finals
A five-piece band, with members from both Inverness and Thurso, has taken one of CalMac Culture Music's hotly-contested festival slots.
CalMac's MV Argyle hosts Les Gitanes with Jazz on the Ferry wowing passengers
Passengers on Caledonian MacBrayne's Wemyss Bay to Rothesay ferries have been treated to a series of special musical performances.
CalMac's MV Finlaggan wins international safety award
UK's busiest malt whisky ferry wins an International Safety Award with merit. Caledonian MacBrayne's MV Finlaggan ferry has won an International Safety Award with merit from the British Safety Council.
New timetables go live for extra Stornoway-Ullapool sailings
Details of the four new additional sailings linking Stornoway and Ullapool over the summer have now been published by ferry operator CalMac. The two extra return journeys on Fridays and Saturdays will run from Friday, June 26 to Saturday, August 29 and will provide a significant boost for tourists getting to and from the the island.
Ullapool Harbour improvements bring temporary diversion
Improvements to Ullapool Harbour's linkspan will mean the closure of the port to vehicular traffic from April 20 to May 18. There will be a temporary service introduced from Stornoway to Uig to allow continued traffic to flow between Lewis and the mainland.
Fares harmonised for duration of Ullapool upgrade work
Transport Scotland have decided to harmonise fares on the temporary Stornoway-Uig crossing with the Tarbert-Uig route for the duration of the upgrade work at Ullapool harbour.
Crest of a wave! CalMac proud to be first the ferry operator to receive VisitScotland 'Taste Our Best' accreditation
Caledonian MacBrayne has become the first ferry company to take VisitScotland's 'Taste Our Best' seal of approval to the high seas.
Tune up, tune in - CalMac Culture's search for new music talent launches for 2015
Two rising music stars were discovered last year when the UK's largest ferry network operator launched the CalMac Culture Music competition.
Caledonian MacBrayne prepares for digital transformation roll-out during 2015
Caledonian MacBrayne told a conference today (January 23) how it is among the leading UK transport operators in digital infrastructure transformation.
Caledonian Macbrayne confirms sponsorship of Bee's Knees customer focus award
Caledonian MacBrayne has confirmed sponsorship of the Excellence in Customer Focus Award for Greenock Chamber of Commerce's Bee's Knees Awards.
CalMac congratulates those shortlisted for RYA Scotland's awards in Glasgow
The operator of the UK's largest ferry network, headquartered in Inverclyde at Gourock, has long invested in talented youth, including its own cadets scheme, and was proud to put its name to three awards recognising some of the country's current and rising stars.
CalMac update on plans for MV Loch Seaforth and Ullapool linkspan works
Following the meeting of the Stornoway-Ullapool Taskforce set up by Transport Minister Derek Mackay last week, senior managers at ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) have been refining their plans for services during the Ullapool linkspan works and deployment of the MV Loch Seaforth.
New date set for Ullapool harbour linkspan closure
Ullapool linkspan was due to close to vehicular traffic for a period of six weeks from February 22 to allow the new replacement linkspan to be fitted. However, delays to the Stornoway upgrade, necessary for the new MV Loch Seaforth to come onto the Stornoway-Ullapool service means that the closure has had to be postponed until April 20.
CalMac warns of possible severe weather disruptions
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is warning ferry travellers that forecasters are predicting strong winds to affect many parts of its network at the end of the week and over the weekend, bringing the possibility of major disruptions to ferry services at times.
MV Coruisk in service as harbour improvements continue
MV CORUISK IN SERVICE AS HARBOUR IMPROVEMENTS CONTINUE
Investment for Ullapool harbour set to enhance ferry services
INVESTMENT FOR ULLAPOOL HARBOUR SET TO ENHANCE FERRY SERVICES Ferry operator CalMac has published details of its services from Stornoway when Ullapool linkspan is closed to vehicle traffic from the end of February 2015 due to replacement work .
CalMac chief praises first Scottish Rural Parliament
Martin Dorchester, Managing Director of award-winning ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne ( CalMac) has praised the organisers and participants of the first Scottish Rural Parliament held in Oban last week.
Transport Minister visits MV Loch Seaforth
TRANSPORT MINISTER VISITS MV LOCH SEAFORTH Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP, today (Tuesday, November 11) paid a visit to the newest ship in the CalMac fleet, MV Loch Seaforth, which arrived in Scotland from Germany on Friday.