Book ahead if travelling at Christmas

First visitors pour off the ferry at Brodick ferry terminal on Wednesday.

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Passengers travelling on the ferry network across Scotland’s west coast this Christmas are being urged to plan ahead.

Ferry operator CalMac wants to ensure safe and smooth journeys for all when Covid-19 travel restrictions are relaxed from December 23 to 27.

Tickets for both forward and return journeys should be booked in advance where possible to avoid disappointment and can be made through the contact centre, the website and at port offices.

Social distancing rules mean that there are limits on the number of travellers allowed on board at any one time, and passengers must wear face coverings unless exempt where required. Physical distancing must also be adhered to.

Cashless payments remain in place to protect staff and passengers, so passengers should remember to bring cards for buying tickets and for spending on board.

Anyone travelling should make sure that they have accommodation arranged in advance, as many hotels will be closed over the festive period.