Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne have revealed that scores of travellers have been stopped from travelling on the Cumbrae crossing.

A total of 56 people have been turned away at the ferry at Largs since the end of March.

The ferry operator said it had required help of Largs Police during traditionally busier periods over holiday weekends to ensure that customers were telling the truth and that their journey was essential.

Cops were drafted in to help verify some passengers details.

During the lockdown, Caledonian MacBrayne's sailings are operating for essential travel only for key workers and the delivery of goods and services.

Other passengers are asked to display proof of island residency.

Most of the visitors refused travel were believed to have been day trippers.

The latest advice from Cal Mac for essential travel can be accessed here