Arran Banner letters – week 35, 2021


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Weekly crisis


I am writing this on the 6pm ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick on Friday, August 20.

I estimate the boat is less than a third full, but I was unable to book my car on the ferry as the website intimated the sailing was fully booked.

I realise that there is a problem at the current time due to crew members and staff testing positive for Covid.

However, I have to ask the question – how many other drivers left their cars at Ardrossan, when they could have been comfortably accommodated on this sailing?

Does CalMac want to make money, or is it happy to just take government (tax payer) money, and carry on?

Every week seems to bring a new crisis. How long can this go on? Only until all the relevant parties take steps to run a decent service.


Alastair Crawford,

Eaglesham and Lamlash.


New ferry minister misses a trick


Good to see that CalMac has time to get its priorities right – new menu rather than new boat.

Will this new instant menu mean fewer catering staff or do we need a RMT approved microwave supervisor to ensure no breach of health and safety?

Also impressed with new bins to meet green requirements while new and anticipated vessel (if any ever appear) will, still be diesel guzzlers compared to alternatives.

Encouraging to see that Transport Scotland has time to approve a new menu but none to search for competent vessels for the west coast.

Surprised that no Dundee Cake offered as our new ferry minister Graeme Dey is from South Angus, not yet able to influence decisions but probably a foretaste of future influence.

Reliably informed he knows more about the Roads to Dundee than the isles!


John Lamont,

Whiting Bay.


Waverley joy


On Monday August 23 I was aboard the Waverley sailing to Campbeltown from Lochranza.

It was an afternoon of pure delight, over calm seas the ship raced along and the sun shone.

Aboard were the happiest group of passengers I have ever witnessed. The  crew were friendly, helpful and kind.

We were beautifully supported as we stepped from the gangway to find the town welcoming and the shops amazing.

My purchases from The Red Cross charity shop were good value and in a back street we sat out enjoying fresh lentil soup.

The sail back to Arran was superb. We sat by the rail, sipping refreshments, there was a fresh breeze at our stern and the three goes we sat through, in order to berth, were enjoyable for us; perhaps not to those on the bridge. Mighty cheers arose when we were finally about to dock.

Many memories of previous sails came to me as I walked about the boat. Thanks to all whose hard work made the day possible for all the passengers.


Anne Hodge,