FERRY passengers will be able to enjoy a range of comfort upgrades when the MV Caledonian Isles returns from its annual dry dock maintenance fit out.

The CalMac Ferries’ vessel is due to return to service on the Ardrossan Brodick route later this month, after a two-week makeover at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Liverpool.

Main upgrade work will include the Mariners Lounge being renovated with new wall coverings, window blinds, carpets and floor coverings along with new tables and chairs.

CalMac’s Head of Service Delivery (South), Ross Moran said: “Passengers will be able to enjoy a distinctive new feel to the main passenger and hospitality areas which will hopefully further add to their enjoyment of travelling with us.”

The MV Caledonian Isles has been in service since 1993, the vessel displaces 5,200 tonnes and can carry more than 1000 passengers and 110 cars.

Last year it made more than 2,000 return journeys from the mainland to Arran. In the rear pet friendly area of the vessel passenger accommodation, new seat coverings and flooring is being fitted.

Mr Moran added: “There is always a compromise to be found in the pet friendly area between the needs of dog and other passengers.

“These new seat coverings will be less inclined to gather hair and should be a comfort enhancement for everyone travelling whether with two legs or four.”

The vessel’s starboard propeller hub is undergoing a major overhaul along with the main engine to ensure continued reliability