Heb Celt Site Manager/Director Iain Macphail, Cal Mac Staff: Callan Sloan, Robert Urquhart, George Lightbody, Dot Wisniewska, Dolanna Macleod with HebCelt Director Caroline Maclennan

 The Ullapool-Stornoway ferry is being temporarily renamed in honour of the flagship Hebridean Celtic Festival that opens on Wednesday July 18 and is heading for a sell-out.

During this week, the Loch Seaforth will be known as the HebCelt Ferry as it carries thousands of festival-goers to and from the award-winning event.

The ferry’s on-board restaurant will also have a special HebCelt-themed menu this week, featuring a new dish Mac ‘n’ Black which includes the famous Stornoway black pudding. 

In addition, a pop-up festival ticket collection/information point will be on the 5.30pm sailing from Ullapool on Wednesday and 10.30am crossing to Stornoway on Thursday.

The arrangements are part of a partnership between the festival and Caledonian MacBrayne which has been a sponsor for most of the festival’s 23 years.

Karen McGregor, Business Development Director, CalMac Ferries Ltd, said: “HebCelt is an international attraction which puts Stornoway and the Outer Hebrides on the map every year.

“We are delighted to be associated with such a major event and play a part in getting festival goers on and off the island safely.”

Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: “This is another example of the extremely close working relationship between HebCelt and CalMac.

“During festival week the ferry becomes almost a floating ceilidh due to the many musicians and music fans travelling to Stornoway and so it seems appropriate that it adopts a new name for a few days.”

This year’s HebCelt runs from 18-21 July when Deacon Blue, Eddi Reader, Skipinnish and Roddy Woomble will also be headliners.

The strong demand for tickets means all Saturday and weekend tickets have been sold and only a limited number are still available for Thursday and Friday.

Remaining day tickets are available from the festival shop and website. See www.hebceltfest.com