MV Loch Riddon

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MV Loch Riddon at Largs
MV Loch Riddon at Largs
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Namesake: Loch Riddon, to the north of Bute
Owner: Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited
Operator: Caledonian MacBrayne
Port of registry: Glasgow
Builder: R.Dunston, Hessle, North Humberside[1]
Yard number: H954
Launched: 9 April 1986
In service: 7 November 1986
Status: in service
General characteristics
Class and type: ro-ro vehicle ferry
Length: 30.2 m (99.1 ft)[1]
Beam: 10 m (32.8 ft)[1]
Draught: 1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Installed power: 6-cyl Volvo Penta
Propulsion: 2 × Voith Schneider Propellers
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph)
Capacity: 200 passengers and 12 cars
Crew: 3

MV Loch Riddon is a Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited ro-ro car ferry, built in 1986 and operated by Caledonian MacBrayne. After the first eleven years of her life in the Kyles of Bute, she served at Largs between 1997 and 2013. After a short spell as the Lismore vessel she returned to Largs in June 2014


MV Loch Riddon was the third of four drive-through ferries built in the 1980s by Dunston’s of Hessle, to cope with increasing traffic on CalMac's smaller routes.[4]


The four vessels are based on the design of MV Isle of Cumbrae.[4] They have a second passenger lounge, on the port side, reducing the capacity of the car deck to 12.[4] The wheelhouse is painted red and given a black top, as she has no funnels as such.[4]


MV Loch Riddon took up the Kyles of Bute crossing, between Colintraive and Rhubodach in November 1986, replacing the ex-Skye ferries, MV Portree and MV Broadford. She spent 11 years rarely venturing from this crossing.[4]

In 1997 Loch Riddon replaced her sister, MV Loch Striven at Largs.[4]

She sailed at first alongside her other sister ship, MV Loch Linnhe until she was replaced by MV Loch Alainn. These two ships sailed together for 10 years until 2007 when the new MV Loch Shira entered service displacing Loch Alainn. Loch Riddon remained employed at Largs in the summer and as a winter relief vessel until 2013 when Loch Striven took on her duties after being replaced by MV Hallaig. Loch Riddon replaced MV Eigg as the full-time Lismore vessel for a short period of time before returning to the Largs service. In January 2015 she done the Tarbert - Portavadie Route she took over from MV Lochinvar so that MV Loch Shira go for her overhaul.


  1. ^ a b c "MV Loch Riddon". CalMac. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ships Index: L6". World Shipping Register. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Loch Riddon". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Loch Riddon - History". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 20 December 2009.