A huge exodus of music-lovers leaving the Isle of Lewis after the close of Hebridean Celtic Festival has been declared a success by CalMac’s Stornoway ferry port manager.

Over five sailings between 6am on Sunday (July 21st) and 2pm yesterday, the MV Loch Seaforth carried over 2,500 passengers and 500 cars, vans and motorhomes from Stornoway to Ullapool.

Stornoway’s CalMac manager Iain Don Maciver told welovestornoway.com today (Tuesday): “The car deck was packed on all sailings and Sunday’s 1pm sailing was close to the limit on foot passengers too. All the other sailings were very busy indeed.

“Despite the huge weight of traffic there were minimal delays and we had a lot of happy customers. Everyone who presented themselves on time and who was booked onto the ferry was shipped. No-one was left behind and there was no service disruption because of the weather.

“It seems surreal that it’s over for another year and that it all went without a hitch. We have a great sense of relief and satisfaction that we got everyone away who wanted to leave on the ferry of their choice.”

Despite the largest wave of departing passengers having left the island, MV Loch Seaforth remains fully booked, with little to no vehicle booking availability on any sailing for the rest of this week.