Tag Archives: Calmac

Killer whales but no camera on powerboat trip to the islands (Rousse)

I boarded the ferry dressed only in a thin sheet, having been forced to leave all my belongings – including my clothes and glasses – with our hosts at the the shoreline. The ride across the inlet was short and … Continue reading

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New Ullapool-Stornoway ferry service declared ‘hopeless’ as passenger almost drowns (Rousse)

My sister, brother-in-law, nephew, niece and I were all travelling to the Isle of Lewis. The new ferry service was hopeless. My sister made the journey even more miserable for me by refusing access to a change of clothes and … Continue reading

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A secret affair discovered on the stairs (Rousse)

I always said to TPR that my idea of hell was to be stuck in the car deck of a CalMac ferry with both car and boat engines running. Now, as we climbed up the old back stairs of the … Continue reading

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Movie star wolf travels the Outer Hebrides by CalMac ferry (Rousse)

TPR and I were adrift on an unstaffed Calmac ferry somewhere between the islands of Barra and Tiree. The only other passenger was a wolf. He tried to persuade us that he was a movie star by claiming that he … Continue reading

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A posh yacht passenger and a PhD (Rousse)

I ran up to the deck when I heard that the CalMac ferry was stopping in the Minch to collect the dirty washing from a posh yacht. Helpful as ever, I lent a hand to winch the bundle of clothes … Continue reading

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New CalMac service covers land and sea (Rousse)

We caught the new CalMac service that travelled to the Outer Hebrides via Hexham. It was a very special boat that could cover both land and sea. I very much enjoyed riding along beside the dolphins, even though trying to … Continue reading

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Stornoway Calmac services dropped in favour of cargo runs to Iceland (Rousse)

The Caledonian MacBrayne services from the Isle of Lewis to Ullapool had been greatly reduced: the unprofitable route across the Minch was barely worth running now that Stornoway was a major port for container ships bound for Iceland. So we … Continue reading

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