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Ferries cancelled amid strong wind and heavy snow warning

The CalMac ferry between Uist and Mallaig will be called for more than a week. Picture by Allan Milligan.
The CalMac ferry between Uist and Mallaig will be called for more than a week. Picture by Allan Milligan.

Ferry routes across Scotland have been limited or cancelled today due to strong winds and snow showers.

A number of bridges across the Highlands have also had restrictions placed upon them as a result of the adverse conditions.

It follows a yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office yesterday, advising that gales and snow showers could hit the Highlands and the Western Isles.

Bouts of snow and wind are expected to start at around 1pm today and last until 3pm tomorrow.

There has also been a warning that there could be frequent lightning in some areas.

The spell of bad weather comes off the back of seven named storms that have battered the region since November.

Early this morning, the Kessock Bridge was shut in both directions due to high winds.

Further north, the Dornoch Bridge remains open but Traffic Scotland are advising caution while crossing.

Which ferry routes have been cancelled?

CalMac has made changes to 29 routes already today.

Those that have been cancelled entirely today include:

  • Oban – Castlebay
  • Oban – Colonsay – Port Askaig – Kennacraig
  • Uig – Tarbert
  • Fionnphort – Iona
  • Uig, Skye – Lochmaddy
  • Berneray – Leverburgh
  • Mallaig – Armadale
  • Mallaig – Small Isles
  • Mallaig / Oban – Lochboisdale

CalMac wrote on their site: “Cancelling a sailing is a decision we do not take lightly because we know it will inconvenience our customers and the communities we serve.

“However, the safety of our customers and crew must come first. In this instance, the Master of the vessel has judged it is necessary in response to the assessment of adverse weather conditions.

“We’ll keep customers informed should there be any further changes in connection to this route.”

Disrupted services

  • Tobermory – Kilchoan
  • Ardrossan – Brodick
  • Ardmhor, Barra – Eriskay
  • Gourock – Dunoon
  • Largs – Millport, Cumbrae Slip
  • Tayinloan – Gigha
  • Kennacraig – Port Askaig, Kennacraig – Port Ellen
  • Gallanach – Kerrera
  • Ullapool – Stornoway
  • Freight Ullapool -Stornoway
  • Oban – Lismore
  • Sconser – Raasay
  • Gourock – Kilcreggan

Anyone hoping to use the ferries on Wednesday or Thursday can check for the latest updates on their Twitter page.

NorthLink has also advised that its services to Orkney and Shetland are likely to be cancelled or operating on an abnormal schedule.

 

 

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