The MV Loch Seaforth is to be transformed from Monday morning (July 15th) when it becomes the HebCelt Ferry for a week, as the influx of visitors builds for the start of Hebridean Celtic Festival week.

Earlier this month CalMac announced a new, three-year sponsorship deal with the internationally-renowned festival, which includes launching the HebCelt Ferry with a pop-up information and ticket office on board and a festival-themed menu in its restaurant.

On Wednesday and Thursday three musicians from Fèis Rois will be held on board the 10.30am sailing from Ullapool, returning from Stornoway at 2pm each day.

That’s on top of the informal sessions that often break out as bands and musicians travel to Stornoway for their festival appearances.

As part of their sponsorship agreement, four senior members of CalMac staff have signed up to join the volunteer army that helps keep the festival running.

Volunteer briefing is set for Tuesday (July 16th) and there are still vacancies for the volunteer technical team and green team.

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Pic caption (left to right): HebCelt’s finance director Martin Jones, site manager Iain MacPhail and board chair Gayle Findlay, with 2nd officer Melanie MacAulay, HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan and Captain Richard Beattie