Gigha is ferry popular

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Tourists trying to spend time on the Wee Isle are finding ferry times restrictive or the boat full.

On Monday July 24 more than 150 people attempted to reach the island on the 11am MV Lochranza sailing. Many turned away and some went back the following day.

The same situation occurred last Saturday when people wanting to take part or spectate at the raft race faced long queues.

On that day participants either had to take the 12pm or 2pm sailing. The later boat arrived at 2.20pm leaving competitors just 10 minutes to race, across the sands, to the raft race start line.

Many who had enjoyed the afternoon’s activities had to scramble just after 5pm as the final boat back to the mainland is at 6pm on Saturday.

With tourism such an integral part of island life perhaps CalMac should consider later sailings in July and August if not for the whole summer season.

Meanwhile the Ardrossan to Campbeltown boat continues to disappoint with 20 June cancellations and just 11 successful sailings. CalMac cited weather and technical issues as reasons for the inconsistency.