MORE than 700 passengers an hour will be able to travel to the Cowal Games during peak times, thanks to additional capacity being laid on by Argyll Ferries.
The Games take place from 23 to 25 August. A normal timetable will operate all day Friday and up to 11.30am on Saturday when Clyde Clipper (pictured) will join Argyll Flyer and Ali Cat to provide a three vessel service between Gourock and Dunoon for the rest of the day.
An Argyll Ferries spokesman said: “We are delighted to be able to bring in 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 Coruisk which is currently operating between Mallaig and Armadale, but this was ruled out, not just because she has her own route to serve, but because 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 and anyone travelling to Gourock by rail is reminded that a joint rail/ferry ticket is available from stations for added convenience.
Last sailing will be from Dunoon at 11pm. The late night sailings timetabled for Saturday have been cancelled to allow the ferries to operate throughout the day. The normal Sunday timetable will apply.