CalMac is to stop taking cash on its ferries and ports in response to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic.

The World Health Organisation has advised against cash handling, and CalMac will stop taking cash payments from tomorrow (Saturday 28 March). Travellers, who should only be making essential journeys on the ferries in line with strict Government guidelines, can either pay by card, or Apple Pay or Google Pay where accepted.”

Managing Director Robbie Drummond said: “We have introduced this measure in response to concerns raised by our staff and passengers.

“We are asking customers, who still require to use our ferries for essential travel, to ensure they have a valid debit or credit card with them as we will no longer handle cash. This is in line with most other organisations who have also stopped taking cash.”