CalMac publishes 2018 carrying figures
West coast ferry operator CalMac has published its carrying figures for 2018.
The Isle of Arran was again the most popular destination across the company's network with a total of 913,005 passengers carried through Ardrossan and Lochranza, an increase of 1571 on 2017.
Total passengers carried for the year were recorded as 5,253,766, up from 5,238,164 on the previous 12 months, a 0.3% overall increase. Car traffic also increased from 1,428,346 to 1,429,935a rise of 0.11%.
Commercial traffic was up by 0.33% from 80,023 to 80,286, while coaches carried dropped slightly from 10,917 to 10,846.
The biggest recorded drop in both passenger numbers and vehicles was from Mallaig to Lochboisdale, due primarily to weather and technical disruption at the start of the year.
CalMac currently sails 27 routes to island and remote mainland locations across the west coast and operates a fleet of 33 vessels.
Total figures for individual routes can be seen at CalMac 2018 carryings