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Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) Ferries Ltd is the publicly-owned ferry company operating ferry services to twenty-two islands of the Inner Hebrides, Outer Hebrides & the Firth of Clyde and four peninsulas on Scotland's West Coast.[1]

CalMac currently charters a fleet of 29 vessels from CMAL to provide passenger, vehicle and shipping services to the islands off the West Coast of Scotland and in the Clyde estuary. Two other vessels are retained on separate charters. There are currently 26 routes within the network. In the year ended 31 March 2006, 5.3 million passengers, 1.1 million cars, 94,000 commercial vehicles and 14,000 coaches were carried.

The company has a record of imposing Sunday sailings on the traditionally religious island populations who have repeatedly expressed a wish to keep Sunday holy.[2]


  1. Caledonian MacBrayne website
  2. Silent protest greets first Sunday ferry as South Harris defends its way of life