The MV Isle of Mull will be heading for her annual overhaul in dry-dock from November 27th, due to return on December 20th. For those three weeks the service will be run by the MV Isle of Arran. Due to social distancing rules, the Isle of Arran can only take 81 passengers, which is less than half the current ‘Covid safe’ capacity of the Isle of Mull.
CalMac are running the Clansman on the 15:55 ex Oban on Mon, Tue, Thursday and Friday, so capacity will be a little better on those sailings. But during this three week period, you are advised to book well ahead if you can, and if your journey can be made via the Fishnish- Lochaline ferry, please go that way instead. By doing that, you will help to leave spaces free on the Oban ferry for those who who need to get there, or who are travelling further afield by public transport.
As now, a small number of passenger spaces will continue to be held back for turn-up-and-go, but the number will be reduced from 20% to 10% – which for the Isle of Arran means just 8 people. So go via Lochaline if you can, and book if not.
CalMac are also reserving spaces for school children who attend Oban High School, on Monday mornings and Friday afternoon. So if that includes your child, you can be confident they will be able to get to and from school regardless.