A phased re-opening of food and drink serveries is to begin from Friday (7 August) on selected CalMac ferries, including the four routes linking the Western Isles with the mainland.

The Mariners Café on the MV Loch Seaforth will begin to serve hot snacks, hot breakfast rolls, soups, sandwiches and drinks, during crossings between Stornoway and Ullapool, while MV Isle of Lewis will have a similar offering on the Oban Castlebay route.

Crossings between Uig, Tarbert and Lochmaddy will also see renewed service of hot and cold snacks and drinks on MV Hebrides and the coffee cabin on board MV Lord of the Isles will offer hot drinks and pre-wrapped cakes, snacks and confectionery during crossings between Lochboisdale and Mallaig.

CalMac described the renewal of service, announced today (Wednesday 5 August) as a phased re-opening. They said: “Our menu will be more limited than in normal circumstances while we continue to manage the health and safety mitigations in place to help keep our passengers, crew and the islands we serve safe.”