Saturday, 15 September 2007


Following a spell in the Garvel Drydock for repairs to her bow ramp, Caledonian MacBrayne's HEBRIDEAN ISLES returned to her own route between Kennacraig and Islay today. This view, taken yesterday afternoon, shows her speeding past McInroy's Point yesterday afternoon. She reached Port Ellen at around 0100 this morning, her first sailing being from that port at 0700 today. HEBRIDEAN ISLES wasn't the only CalMac ferry heading for Islay - she was joined there today by SATURN, which left Brodick at 0600 and arrived at Port Ellen around six hours later. Her visit is to allow her to undertake berthing trials at both Port Ellen and at Port Askaig, as well as at Kennacraig, to evaluate the possibility of using her to operate a secondary Islay service in the event of one of the other larger vessel being required elsewhere, as the current tendering process may call for a two-ship service year round. SATURN is due to return to the Clyde tomorrow.