Ferries

CMAL currently owns 30 ferries. All of these ferries, which are operated by Calmac Ferries (CFL), Rathlin Ferries on routes to the islands and peninsulas of the west of Scotland, can carry vehicles from 5 to 123 cars. The total fleet value is £83m.

Equipped with a wide range of facilities and features designed to ensure safe and comfortable journeys for passengers, all ferries are specially built for the ports they serve yet are still interchangeable, and able to serve different crossings.

One of CMAL’s goals for the future is to ensure that all of our ferries are less than 30 years old. Find out more about our fleet using the links to the left.

Fleet facts

Largest ferry

The largest ferry in the fleet is the MV Isle of Lewis which was built by Fergusons Shipbuilders Ltd of Port Glasgow in 1995. The MV Isle of Lewis serves the Ullapool – Stornoway (Lewis) route, and can accommodate 123 cars and 970 passengers.

Largest ferry

Most recent addition

The most recent addition to the fleet is the MV HALLAIG, launched in 2012 at Ferguson Ship Builders in Port Glasgow. MV HALLAIG operates between Sconser and Raasay.

Most recent addition

Oldest ferry

The oldest of the fleet is MV Eigg, built in 1974 by James Lamont & Co Ltd of Port Glasgow and in service since 25th Feb 1975.

Oldest ferry in fleet

Under construction

The second hybrid ferry, the MV LOCHINVAR, was launched in May 2013 and will shortly start her sea trials and enter service in 2014. Find out more at the hybrid ferries project page. A replacement ship for the Stornoway-Ullapool route, the MV LOCH SEAFORTH, is also under construction in Germany and was launched on 21 March 2014. She is also scheduled to enter service in 2014. Please visit the Stornoway Ullapool Ferry page to find out more.

In construction