All sailings cancelled on Lochranza route

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All ferry sailings between Lochranza and Tarbert have been cancelled for two weeks owing to the lack of a suitable replacement vessel while the MV Catriona undergoes dry-dock maintenance.

CalMac normally operates a once-a-day service between Arran and the Mull of Kintyre during the winter months.

However, a notice issued by CalMac states: ‘Due to the current dry-docking programme and restrictions of suitable vessels for this route, the Tarbert to Lochranza sailings have been cancelled between Thursday January 4 and Thursday January 18, inclusive.’

Customers who had already booked have been advised to make alternative arrangements with passengers saying they were notified well in advance.

CalMac added: ‘Customers wishing to arrange alternative travel should contact Kennacraig or Brodick offices. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.’

As reported in the Banner last month, the Isle of Arran Ferry Committee is bidding to have the summer sailings between Lochranza and Claonaig extended to become a year-round service.

  • Meanwhile the MV Caledonian Isles was scheduled to leave today (Friday) for her annual refit. The Brodick to Ardrossan route will be served until January 17 by MV Isle of Arran and MV  Hebridean Isles. The regular vessel is expected to be back in service on January 18.