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CalMac Ferries


CalMac (short for Caledonian MacBrayne) are the ferry operators servicing most of the Hebridean islands. They run a fleet of vessels that, to some, look old fashioned. Well, some of them may be but they are all designed to operate in the rough conditions often experienced out here. The sleek, modern looking cross-Channel ferries that run from England to France wouldn't fair too well in the seas we regularly experience.

All the ferries serving Coll run out of Oban and there are legs to/from Tiree and, in the summer only (once a week), to/from Barra.

The ferry normally takes 2hr 45 minutes from Oban, 55 minutes from Tiree and 4hr 5minutes from Barra (via Tiree).


Summer

Summer timetable

The summer timetable runs from just before Easter to around the last week of October. During this period there is a one sailing every day out of Oban to Coll and Tiree. They all leave Oban early morning except on a Tuesday when the ferry departs early afternoon.
On a Wednesday the ferry continues on to Barra (from Tiree) and returns on the same route.
In the peak of the summer (July & August), on Saturdays (only), there are two sailings out of Oban, early morning and mid afternoon.

Winter

Winter timetable

In the winter, late October to late March, there are five sailing per week out of Oban to Coll and Tiree (not Barra). These sailing are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. They all leave Oban early morning.

Winter

Winter timetable

In the winter, late October to late March, there are five sailing per week out of Oban to Coll and Tiree (not Barra). These sailing are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. They all leave Oban early morning.