CalMac’s summer timetable runs until 18 October, and booking is now open for the winter timetable beginning on that date. Everyone is advised to check the service status at calmac.co.uk before setting out. If you have not booked before the day of travel, you can turn up and see if space is available. There is limited catering on ferries running to Islay, Coll, Tiree, Uist, Harris and Lewis. All retail outlets at ports and on ferry services to Arran, Bute and Mull remain closed. A two-vessel service operates between Ardrossan and Brodick until 28 September. There are nine return sailings a day between Lochranza and Claonaig, all on a turn-up-and-go basis - i.e. no advance bookings. The same applies to Tarbert-Portavadie, where departures are hourly between 0900 ex Tarbert and 1830 ex Portavadie. The other routes for which you cannot book in advance are Largs-Cumbrae Slip, Gourock-Kilcreggan (passenger only service), Gourock-Dunoon (passenger only service), Colintraive-Rhubodach, Tayinloan-Gigha, Fionnphort-Iona (passenger only), Lochaline-Fishnish, Gallanach-Kerrera (passenger only) and Sconser-Raasay.