More than 700 passengers an hour will be able to travel to the Cowal Games during peak times, because of the additional capacity being laid on by Argyll Ferries.
The company run the passenger ferry shuttle service of 60 sailings a day between the rail head from Glasgow at Gourock and Dunoon in the Cowal peninsula, where the celebrated Cowal Gathering takes place.
Argyll Ferries will operate a normal timetable all day on Friday 24th August and up to 11.30 hrs on Saturday 25th August.
At this point the MV Clyde Clipper will join MC Argyll Flyer and MV Ali Cat to provide a three vessel service for the remainder of the day.
An Argyll Ferries spokesperson says: ‘We are delighted to be able to bring in the MV Clyde Clipper to meet the demand on what is our busiest day of the year. The combined capacity of the three vessels is well in excess of 700, ensuring that no-one will have to wait too long in either direction.
We are aware of local speculation around the possible deployment of the MV Coruisk which is currently operating between Mallaig and Armadale. This was ruled out, not just because she has her own route to serve but because the MV Clyde Clipper’s capacity is virtually the same and will allow much quicker turnarounds which are vital on such a busy day.’
Argyll Ferries are encouraging travellers to come early if they can to beat the rush. They are also reminding anyone travelling to Gourock by rail that a joint rail/ferry ticket, which is cheaper, is available from stations.
The last sailing will be from Dunoon at 23.00hrs. The late night sailings timetabled for Saturday have been cancelled to allow the ferries to operate constantly throughout the day. Sunday 26th August will have the normal timetable for that day.
What Dunoon and the Cowal Games now need to see is those 700 passengers an hour trooping up the slipway and heading for the biggest party of the year.