Ferry route port fight now coming to Arran

01_B22ferry01Both sides in the great port debate are bringing the battle to Arran.

See the full story in this week’s Arran Banner.

Campbeltown ferry to be permanent

logoThe summer ferry service between Ardrossan and Campbeltown is to be made permanent, the government has announced.

Read the full story in the December 19, 2015 edition of the Arran Banner by clicking here.

Battlelines are drawn in fight for ferry contract

logoThe battlelines have been drawn in the fight for the right to run the Arran ferry services.

Read the full story in the October 24, 2015 edition of the Arran Banner by clicking here.

Travelling public have a new ferry champion

ferryFerry users have a new champion to take up their fight for improved services.

Read the full story in the October 3, 2015 edition of the Arran Banner by clicking here.

Strike called off after assurances from government

ferryAll Arran ferry services should be running as normal today (Friday) after the RMT called off a planned 24 hour strike.

For the full story, see the Arran Banner, July 11, 2015, also available online.

All ferries cancelled as strike leaves islanders high and dry

brodick pier calmac ferryA call has been made for a strike ban on lifeline ferry services.

Strike action by RMT union members of the Caledonian MacBrayne staff today (Friday) halted all sailings on the main Ardrossan to Brodick route.

For the full story, see the Arran Banner, June 26 2015, also available online.

Floating restaurants range of Scottish fayre sees them win top food accolade

ferry restaurantsThe floating restaurants on board the two main ferries which serve Arran have been awarded a top food award.

Caledonian MacBrayne has become the first ferry company to take VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best seal of approval to the high seas.

Read all about it in the Arran Banner, February 5 2015, also available as a digital edition.

Funding secured for Brodick harbour project

brodick pier calmac ferryThe Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael has welcomed news that Brodick is one of several coastal towns and villages across Scotland to benefit from £9.8 million of government funding through the Coastal Communities Fund.

The announcement, made on Monday on a visit to Rothesay by chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, has seen £350,000 given to the Brodick harbour project.

For the full story see the Arran Banner, January 31 2015, also available as a digital edition.

Arran campsite expands to meet expected ‘invasion’

motorhomes arranAn Arran campsite is expanding to meet the increasing number of motorhomes and caravans expected to visit Arran because of new cheap ferry fares.

It will cost just  £30.20 return to bring a six-metre caravan or motorhome to the island with the Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) summer ferry sailing fares, leading to a big increase in numbers as the high fares previously made it prohibitive to bring large vehicles.

For more details see the Arran Banner, January 31 2015, also available online.

MV Hebrides drafted in to cover for annual refit

MV Hebrides ferryThe MV Hebrides ferry has been drafted in for the first time to cover the Ardrossan to Brodick ferry route while the Caledonian Isles is away for her annual refit.

The ferry usually operates from Skye on the Uig-Tarbert-Lochmaddy triangle.

For the full story, see the Arran Banner, January 10 2015, also available online at www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital

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