MV Renfrew Rose

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MV Renfrew Rose in front of the Yoker slipway
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Name: MV Renfrew Rose
Operator: Highland ferries
Port of registry: Inverness
Builder: MacCrindle Shipbuilding Ltd, Ardrossan
Yard number: 435
Completed: 1984
General characteristics
Type: Passenger Ferry
Ramps: bow
Capacity: 12 passengers 3 cars

MV Renfrew Rose is a passenger ferry built in 1984. She operated as the Renfrew Ferry between Renfrew and Yoker until mid 2010 when she became the Arranmore ferry carrying up to 3 cars. Since 2016, she has operated the Cromarty to Nigg ferry.


Renfrew Rose was designed by Ian Nicolson and built in 1984 by MacCrindle Shipbuilding Ltd, Ardrossan.[1]


Renfrew Rose and her sister ship, MV Yoker Swan, were operated by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) as the Renfrew Ferry. Crossing the River Clyde between the area of Yoker in Glasgow and the town of Renfrew in Renfrewshire, it is the last operational Clyde crossing this far upstream, and the closest to Glasgow City Centre.

SPT announced on 22 January 2010 that the service was to close at the end of March 2010. They withdrew the service as part of moves to save £2.5m.[2] The two vessels were approaching the end of their working life, and it was estimated that it would cost £2 million to replace them.[3] Alternative services were investigated[4] and a smaller passenger ferry replaced them as the Clydelink service.

After the SPT service ended, Renfrew Rose and her sister, Yoker Swan were purchased by the Arranmore Fast Ferry company for use on the Burtonport to Arranmore island route in County Donegal, Ireland. Repainted in their blue and white livery, they now carry up to 3 cars.

In May 2016, Renfrew Rose was purchased by the Highland Ferry company to operate the Cromarty to Nigg ferry service, linking the Black Isle to Easter Ross. This service was previously run by Cromarty Rose (from 1986 to 2010), and Cromarty Queen (from 2011 until 2014). [5]


The ferry has a front ramp, which is accessed directly from the concrete slipways on both sides of the river. These give access to the front deck and an enclosed passenger cabin, which provides some shelter during the 2-minute crossing.


  1. ^ "Renfrew Rose". Clydeships. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Clyde ferry route to end in March". BBC News. 22 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Final Voyage for Renfrew Ferry". Paisley Daily Express. 3 October 2007.
  4. ^ "SPT working hard to secure Ferry replacement". Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. 12 March 2010. Archived from the original on 27 March 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Nigg ferry back in action". Northern Times. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016.