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Disruption to trains and ferries as windy weather hits north and north-east

Two yellow warnings for the region is in place.

ScotRail train.
Train services across the north and north-east have been disrupted due to the windy weather. Image: Sandy McCook/ DC Thomson.

Rail services across the north have been disrupted, as the region feels the effects of the Met Office’s yellow warning for wind.

All ScotRail services between Inverness and the Kyle of Lochalsh have been cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.

The train operator has imposed blanket speed restrictions for high winds, which ScotRail said will “result in extended journey times, cancellations and alterations”.

The affected routes are:

  • Inverness to Aberdeen
  • Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Inverness to Tain
  • Inverness to Wick
Train at Aberdeen railway station.
Train services from Aberdeen have also been affected. Image: Kami Thomson/DC Thomson.

There will also be disruption on services between the central belt and the Highlands, including:

  • Edinburgh to Inverness
  • Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness
  • Glasgow Queen Street to Oban/Fort William/Mallaig

In the north-east, all train services between Aberdeen and Inverurie have been cancelled today, as well as the route to Montrose.

CalMac ferry next to Isle of Jura.
CalMac have cancelled some services due to the weather. Image: Andrew Price/Shutterstock.

On the ferries, CalMac have cancelled the following west coast services for the remainder of today:

  • Mallaig to Arnadale
  • Mallaig to Small Isles
  • Mallaig/Oban to Lochboisdale
  • Oban to Colonsay, Port Askaig and Kennacraig

Parts of the region are expected to be hit by winds of up to 85mph today, with two separate weather warnings in place.

The first started at 5am this morning and will be in place until 7pm on Wednesday night, with it covering most of the north-east, Moray, Inverness and the northern Highlands, all of Orkney and Shetland and most of the Western Isles.

Yellow weather warning map.
The whole of the north and north-east are covered by the weather warning. Image: Met Office.

The other one started at 9am and will be in place until 5pm, with it covering the rest of the region, including Fort William and Oban.

Motorists in the Western Isles have also felt the effects of the wind today, with the A866 Braighe Road near Stornoway being closed due to weather conditions.

The Baleshare Causeway in North Uist has also been shut because of the weather.