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Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is strongly advising those attending the popular HebCelt Festival in Stornoway to book space on the ferry as soon as possible.


While cars and their passengers would already have to do that, the company is also taking bookings for foot passengers on a revised timetable for the weekend.


The particularly busy day for travel is likely to be Sunday July 23 when the majority of revellers will leave the island.


Booking is essential for all those who wish to travel that day, including foot passengers. Any festival attendees who are able to be flexible and prolong their stay to Monday are encouraged to do so.


Sailings on the Sunday are filling up fast so there is no time to lose says Cal Mac. Once the capacities on each sailing are reached, reservations will close.


“We strongly encourage those planning to journey to and from Stornoway for the weekend of HebCelt, including foot passengers, to book their ferry slots, as soon as possible,” said Stornoway port manager Iain Don MacIver.



Limited space left on HebCelt ferry  

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“Sunday is a particularly busy day with festival goers making their way home and it will be essential to have a valid booking for vehicles and passengers that day.


“Foot passengers are used to being able to turn up on the day without booking, but, for this weekend, our message to them, particularly on the Sunday, is that this approach is unlikely to work and they may well find themselves disappointed.”

Those with cars may consider using the Tarbert, Isle of Harris to Skye route as an alternative way to leave or arrive on the island.