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Ferry Follow-up

I have a couple of ferry questions.

  1. When purchasing tickets for a car, driver and one additional passenger, does one say that there are two people travelling?

  2. The Calmac website says that cars must be available for boarding 30 minutes before sailing. Is that strictly enforced? In other words, if I have reservations for an 8:00 ferry and I get there at 7:45 will I lose my spot if the ferry is full?

  3. If I have a reservation for an 8:00 ferry but I arrive in time for a 6:00 ferry and there's space on the boat, will my ticket be honored?

Thanks.

Posted by
941 posts

Hi, kclyons,

1) Yes

2) Probably - They load everyone who has reserved first, then let the standbys on. If you get there after they start loading the standbys, you'll need to wait for the next ferry. But at least you'd be at the front of the standbys for the next ferry.

3) Yes

That was easy!

Slainte!

Mike (Auchterless)

Posted by
26038 posts

It is worth checking if the car you intend to rent will be allowed on any ferries. Some companies forbid it. Many companies check trackers so they know where cars have gone.

Posted by
941 posts

Hi, kclyons,

Not to worry. I've been hiring cars in Scotland for over 40 years, and I've never had any car hire company tell me that I couldn't take my car on a ferry. As Skyegirl pointed out on another thread, it's pretty much a given that you'll be taking a ferry at some point during your time in Scotland. It would be well nigh impossible to get to some of Scotland's finest scenery without the assistance of Caledonian MacBrayne.

That said, don't try to take your car on the Ulva ferry. It ain't gonna work!

Slainte!

Mike (Auchterless)

Posted by
577 posts

Thanks Nigel and Mike. It never occurred to me that you wouldn't be allowed to take a car on to a ferry given how much of Scotland is ferry dependent. Out of an abundance of caution, and since I have the time, I will email the rental agency. I hope they don't get snippy since I already negotiated a lower price by asking them to price match. :-)

Posted by
577 posts

For future reference and for anyone following this thread, Celtic Legends car rental (which uses Arnold Clark cars) has no restrictions on taking cars on to ferries in Scotland.

Posted by
26038 posts

Just by the way, kclyons, did they say if you could take it over the Irish Sea?

Posted by
577 posts

Ah, Nigel, your are correct to request clarification. I did not ask whether I could take the car over the Irish Sea. I only asked about the Inner Hebrides and the Firth of Clyde. The Irish Sea probably would be a different story.