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TITLE
MV Clansman at Ullapool
EXTERNAL ID
HC_PLANNING_01_125_0219
PLACENAME
Ullapool
DISTRICT
Lochbroom
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochbroom
DATE OF IMAGE
1973
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
T. Kenneth MacKenzie
SOURCE
The Highland Council Planning Department
ASSET ID
14210
KEYWORDS
ferries
boats
transport
routes
piers
terminals
ferry boats
MV Clansman at Ullapool

Before 1972 a ferry from the Isle of Lewis went from Loch Seaforth, via Kyle of Lochalsh to Mallaig on the mainland. On 1st May 1972 a ferry service began using the much shorter route from Ullapool to Stornoway. The first ferry, the 'Iona', needed to use side hoists to load as linkspans were not ready at Stornoway or Ullapool. With the completion of the linkspans and the arrival of the 'Clansman', cars were able to 'roll on' at one end and 'roll off' at the other making loading and unloading easier and quicker. The 'Clansman' was replaced by 'Suilven' in 1973/74 and the current ferry, 'Isle of Lewis', took over the route in 1995/96.

The Ullapool - Stornoway route is now one of Caledonian MacBrayne's busiest and carries around 92,000 passengers a year. There are two or three return sailings a day, six days a week and from July 2009 there has also been a return sailing on a Sunday.

This photo shows the 'Clansman' arriving at Ullapool.

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MV Clansman at Ullapool

ROSS: Lochbroom

1970s

ferries; boats; transport; routes; piers; terminals; ferry boats

The Highland Council Planning Department

The Highland Council Planning Dept

Before 1972 a ferry from the Isle of Lewis went from Loch Seaforth, via Kyle of Lochalsh to Mallaig on the mainland. On 1st May 1972 a ferry service began using the much shorter route from Ullapool to Stornoway. The first ferry, the 'Iona', needed to use side hoists to load as linkspans were not ready at Stornoway or Ullapool. With the completion of the linkspans and the arrival of the 'Clansman', cars were able to 'roll on' at one end and 'roll off' at the other making loading and unloading easier and quicker. The 'Clansman' was replaced by 'Suilven' in 1973/74 and the current ferry, 'Isle of Lewis', took over the route in 1995/96. <br /> <br /> The Ullapool - Stornoway route is now one of Caledonian MacBrayne's busiest and carries around 92,000 passengers a year. There are two or three return sailings a day, six days a week and from July 2009 there has also been a return sailing on a Sunday.<br /> <br /> This photo shows the 'Clansman' arriving at Ullapool.