Staying off the topic of islands just to be annoy you, well, actually just because it seems the most apt thread to give Calmac some stick without starting a new thread.....
Basically I just wanted to jump in here and say
Western Ferries >>> Calmac
In the grand scheme of boats, there’ll obviously be a bit more to a Calmac sailing, bigger boats, multiple routes etc but they just seem so diddy and full of drama with it sometimes compared to Western. As an overall experience and someone who uses the ferries fairly often, there’s a lot to be said for Western’s minimal fuss approach to just getting on with shunting folk back and forth over the Clyde all day.
Friday was traffic chaos in Gourock with the Rest & Be Thankful shut, but kudos to Western for getting the extra boat out and just getting on with it.