Ferry operator David MacBrayne, which operates CalMac Ferries, has recorded a record boom in passenger numbers.
Transport and logistics operator, David MacBrayne Ltd (DML), carried 5.6 million passengers to the isles last year.
DML generated revenues of nearly £215m with a net profit of £7.1m up from £3.9m the previous year.
For the first time, CalMac also carried more than 1.4 million vehicles as part of yet another year on year increase.
DML chief executive Duncan Mackison said: “I am delighted to report on a very successful last financial year, in what has been a very challenging working environment.
“Increased passenger volumes, combined with a higher number of sailings that we have been tasked with carrying out, are placing more and more pressure on our services.
“It is testament to the innovative approaches, skill and dedication of our staff that we can deliver an increase in profit on what is a highly specified and detailed contract to deliver ferry services across the west coast.
“Against a challenging background, our performance, both financially and in our service offering to the travelling public is outstanding.
“Over the year we have seen improvements that focus on customer service, increased training opportunities for young people and a greater focus on environmental awareness, all helping sustainable economic development across our islands and remote mainland communities.”
DML received £139m in subsidy from the Scottish Government during the financial year, compared to nearly £141m in 2018.