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The MV Hebridean Isles – used more than a generation ago on the Uig Triangle service – and first in use back in in 1985 – is finally returning to active service today after many months of repairs and false dawns. 

To give a sense of perspective, the present Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf was born in the same year that MV Hebridean Isles was launched. 

If the MV Hebridean Isles can function successfully, this will make the winter overhaul rotations of vessels easier across the whole network. 

A CalMac spokesperson said: “The MV Hebridean Isles will be supporting services for Islay from 14 - 20 October inclusive in the next stage of her operational trials, following a period of significant work and investigations.

“The vessel will be available to carry a mix of freight, cars and passengers but will be limited to a maximum of two return sailings per day for this period, which are non-bookable. While catering facilities will not be available on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15, the Coffee Cabin will be open for customers from Monday October 16.

"These trials will mark the latest phase of testing and we will provide an update on the outcome of these trials over the coming week.”

MV Hebridean Isles will operate to the following sailing times on today (Saturday October 14) to Friday 20 October:

  • Depart Kennacraig at 10am and 3pm, arriving at Port Askaig at 12.05 and 17.05
  • Depart Port Askaig at 12.30 and 17.30pm, arriving at Kennacraig at 14.35 and 19.35