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CalMac named Best Ferry Company
02 October 2012


Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has been named Best Ferry Company in the prestigious Guardian and Observer Travel Awards for the third year in a row.

CalMac beat 15 other ferry operators nominated by readers of the Guardian and Observer who are asked to identify companies who made their holidays through good service.  

CalMac Managing Director Martin Dorchester said: Winning this award in 2010 and 2011 was a great achievement but securing a hat trick is the icing on the cake. These awards are a recognition of the work our staff do every day to give customers the best service they can and it is great to know it is appreciated.

The award ceremony was held in the historic opera house in Ghent, Belgium, last Friday ( Sept 28) and was hosted by Mariella Frostrup. 

Mr Dorchester added: We particularly enjoyed the commentary published on the award website which compared CalMac to singer Bryan Ferry saying we were almost as sexy and stylish as the Roxy Music frontman. We are used to receiving comments from a host of sources but they are rarely as flattering or colourful.


Notes to Editors

1.            Further information about the Travel Awards is available

2. Further information about Caledonian MacBrayne is available at

3.            Caledonian MacBrayne and CalMac are trading names of CalMac Ferries Ltd (CFL). These names are used under licence from Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL). The lion rampant device is used by CFL with the permission of CMAL.

For further information, contact:

David Cannon
Public Affairs Manager
David MacBrayne Ltd
(on behalf of Caledonian MacBrayne)
Tel: 01475 650371
Mob: 07595 092332

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