One of CalMac's longest serving vessels, MV Raasay, is retiring.

Since her launch in 1976, she served the Sconser to Raasay route for 21 years until increased traffic from the island made her unsuitable.  

MV Raasay then became one of the fleet's relief vessels until being pressed back into regular service again in 2003 as the winter ferry serving Kilchoan-Tobermory.  

She was the last of eight 'Island class' ferries launched and is capable of carrying six cars and up to 75 passengers.

Jonathan Davies, CalMac's small vessel technical superintendent said: "The Raasay has been an excellent servant over the years and it always sad to see a vessel with so much history with the company moving on.

"Her excellent sea keeping properties meant that in her many years serving on the Raasay route, she rarely missed a service.

"I firmly believe she is the iconic CalMac ferry and an era is coming to an end with the Raasay no longer in our fleet, I wish her, and her new owners well, and long may she continue to provide safe passage on our seas."

MV Raasay has now been handed back to owner Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) who are expected to announce a buyer for the vessel shortly.

Picture above from CalMac:  Gordon Law (left) and Stuart Craig of the Clyde River Steamer Club joined CalMac's small vessel technical superintendent, Jonathan Davies for a last look around the vessel.