Is CalMac very strict about foot passenger check-in times? Like, 10 minutes no exceptions?
Why would you want to cut it that close? I suppose that if the crew were starting to lift the ramp, and saw you running full tilt toward the ferry, ticket in hand, they may wait for you, but you should avoid a situation like that if at all possible. You want to be very sure of arriving on time if you're taking a ferry from the Small Isles (Eigg, Rum, Canna, Muck) back to Mallaig. They have been known to leave a few minutes early if they don't see anyone hustling toward the ferry.
Hope the situation never arises for you.
I've only taken six ferry trips, all involving the island of Mull, but I was impressed by the efficiency of the Cal Mac personnel. They start boarding when they say they are going to, and everyone moves right along. I have a strong feeling that if you're late, you'll be waving good-bye from the dock.
I am sorry but I can never really understand questions along the lines of 'how far can I push it?'. Schedules are schedules. They run to time whenever they can. Delays have a knock on effect throughout the day. Turn up as required or don't travel. If you are late then you'll need to wait for the next boat.
Skyegirl, your brusque response is neither appreciated nor helpful. My query was a simple question and not an invitation to philosophical judgement. I intentionally kept the question from context to avoid comments on tangential aspects of the journey. The question arose from use of the CalMac journey planner. You have an expert knowledge of Scotland. Rather than a sardonic, caustic response to an innocent question, equanimity (in the Pali sense) would be a more humble approach to helping people.
Hi bri08. Sorry to have offended you. That was not my intent. So - yes they are strict. They close the doors and the ferry departs. You will have a wonderful time in Scotland and the ferries are a great way to see the country and encounter the people. Many of whom you will find to be sarcastic, sardonic, caustic - but in all causes with a good sense of humour! Again - sorry to have caused offence.
Skyegirl, thank you for your response. I've seen your comments on other questions. They've been informative & show you have an in-depth knowledge that can be of help to the less knowledgeable Scotland travelers like me.
As mentioned, we found Calmac efficient and punctual. I suggest you give yourself a little buffer to make sure you aren't waiving to the ferry from shore.