Summer ferry service set to resume

The MV Isle of Arran entering Campbeltown Loch last Thursday evening.
The MV Isle of Arran is expected to return to the Campbeltown-Ardrossan route from next Thursday June 3.

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The summer ferry service between Campbeltown and Ardrossan is set to resume next Thursday.

It comes as essential repairs to the MV Loch Seaforth progress and plans are finalised for her return to service.

The Campbeltown-Ardrossan seasonal service was scheduled to begin on April 29, but has been postponed twice to allow vessels to be redeployed across CalMac’s routes while the MV Loch Seaforth is repaired.

Specialist engineers are currently rebuilding her engine and hope that she will be able to leave wet dock in Greenock today (Friday May 28), once successful testing has been carried out.

The vessel will then undergo the required 50-hour period of sea trials whilst in transit to Stornoway.

If the Loch Seaforth successfully returns to service on Monday May 31, it is expected that Campbeltown’s summer season will resume from Thursday June 3 with the MV Isle of Arran.

Robbie Drummond, CalMac’s managing director, said: ‘This has been an extremely frustrating time for passengers and our staff and I am grateful to them all for their continued patience.’