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Message posted by ficklejade29/5/2020 at 11:39am
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For those who are planning ahead, the article link below may be of interest:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/politics/scottish-politics/1335767/exclusive-........

This is NOT set in stone, but I do know a number of people outside of this forum who have deferred their bookings until later in the year, so thought it might be advisable to post on here as well.

Our existing lifeline timetable is in place till 14th June and will be updated as and when the SG say so Ė itís not in localsí hands!!


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Message posted by WeeAlD via mobile 29/5/2020 at 1:03pm
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This will be a hard blow to the island communities. We did an Island Hopscotch last September and it was busy with campers and those with Motorhomes/Campervans.
The local hostels/Bunkhouses will also suffer.
It looks that some have invested heavily in providing some fantastic facilities.

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Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 29/5/2020 at 1:39pm
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Thatís worrying.
Travel here is still limited to ďessentialĒ and within 5 miles. When the CalMac ferry capacity increases, those two limits will need to be relaxed too.
Western Ferries (the Clyde crossing) are not limiting who can go on like CalMac is. But one big difference is that you stay in your vehicle because the deck is open.

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Message posted by Pee-Jay-Cee29/5/2020 at 3:19pm
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We had to cancel crossings to Orkney in April with Northlink Ferries and Orkney ferries. We had hoped to visit my sister in law who lives on one of the outer islands. Like Calmac they have an essential services only timetable in place up for review again on 14th June - i suspect this will be extended so a visit there at present is very much up in the air :(

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Message posted by ficklejade29/5/2020 at 7:44pm
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Fiona, we can go to the mainland if essential - that's always been allowed - it's folks who aren't residents or key workers that aren't allowed and that's being imposed on the smaller, open ferries like Lochaline and Kilchoan as well. We still have the 5 miles and essential but, with public transport, where it is available, decimated, regular volunteers are allowed a bit further.

Western Ferries aren't run by Transport Scotland and don't get lifeline subsidies (I think); they also have a much greater throughput because of the location and base travelling population.

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Message posted by alan2930/5/2020 at 7:50am
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When restrictions are lifted I think Scotland will be rammed with English tourists who have put off going to Europe this year.
I fear the west of Scotland and the NC500 will be chocker block with vehicles and pople in search of campsites and other accommodation.

Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 30/5/2020 at 8:51pm
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Letís hope the good sites have survived. If they have to reduce occupancy to ensure distancing in the toilets etc, some wonít be financially viable - there has been discussion about this on other threads, I donít want to replicate that here.

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Message posted by ficklejade06/6/2020 at 4:36pm
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Iím posting the link to Calmacís response to the Rural Economies and Connectivity Committee as itís an update with implications for the opening up of Calmac Ferries and, whilst not set in stone, may be of help to those of you planning any trips to the islands once the current limitations are relaxed. I suggest you start reading on page 2, item 4.

http://mullandionaferrycommittee.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/REC-Committee-CalM........


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Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 06/6/2020 at 8:07pm
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Thanks ficklejade. Especially for giving us the short cut.
Didnít know whether to laugh or cry to read about golfers hiding in a van on the Clyde ferry from Largs to Big Cumbrae. Itís hardly the St Andrews Old Course over there, after all. There were 273 attempts at non essential travel on the CalMac Clyde ferries since 26 March, according to todayís BBC app.



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Message posted by ficklejade06/6/2020 at 9:46pm
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I read that, too, Fiona - unbelievable - and I know nothing of golf!!

The actual content of the report it somewhat alarming, not just for visitors but also islanders, particularly those of us who use the non-bookable ferries.   

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Message posted by armchaircamper via mobile 13/6/2020 at 12:39am
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It doesn't look as if tourism to the islands is going to happen this summer. Even if the ferries accepted tourists, they couldn't carry many passengers with social distancing in place. I can understand that these communities don't want a surge in coronavirus cases but the loss of tourism is also going to hit hard. No easy answers.

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Message posted by ficklejade20/6/2020 at 4:19pm
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Calmac will be issuing a new timetable effective 1st July towards the middle of next week. There will be some increased capacity but there will be priorities put in place. Foot passengers (at least as far as Mull's concerned) will need to book and some currently non-bookable services will go to booking.

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