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Caledonian MacBrayne

Offering lifeline services to 22 islands off the west coast of Scotland

Caledonian MacBrayne, popularly known as CalMac, is the major operator of passenger and vehicle ferries, and ferry services between mainland Scotland and 22 of the major islands on Scotland's west coast, carrying almost five million passengers in 2015, with just under half being tourists.

It boasts the largest fleet of car and passenger ferries in the UK. Each of CalMac’s ferries is equipped with its own range of facilities to make ferry crossings comfortable. Children’s activity areas, baby changing facilities, quiet lounges and pet areas ensure the whole family enjoy their journey.

CalMac, which employs more than 1,300 people making it one of the largest companies headquartered in Scotland, has been serving the Highlands and Islands of the west coast of Scotland for more than 160 years and provides services to 28 communities.

In 2006 the company was officially named CalMac Ferries Ltd, although it still operates as Caledonian MacBrayne.

mv Isle of Lewis
The Isle of Lewis is one of the vleet operating along Scotland’s west coast

The company is currently investing heavily in a programme of enhancements across its network. This includes the introduction of a new operations centre and reservations system, as well as supporting a vessel replacement programme.

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