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Disruption to ferries in the Western Isles

A Caledonian MacBrayne ferry in Stornaway
A Caledonian MacBrayne ferry in Stornaway

The majority of CalMac ferries were also disrupted yesterday with 22 of their 27 services affected.

Sailings between Barra and Oban were cancelled  due to wind and swell conditions and today’s 8am sailing will now depart Castlebay at 1pm and arrive in Oban at 5.45pm.

But today’s 1.40pm sailing from Oban to Castlebay has been cancelled and there will be a 6.30am journey back to Barra tomorrow.

Ferries between Mallaig, Lochboisdale and Oban were also cancelled yesterday and will be cancelled today, but passengers have the option to catch a sailing from Lochmaddy to Uig at 11.50am or sail across the sound of Barra and out to Oban, or wait until tomorrow.

Anyone travelling from Mallaig has the option of travelling north to Uig and then to Lochmaddy at 6pm, or to wait and travel from Mallaig tomorrow. There will be an extra sailing tomororrow departing Lochboisdale at 10.30am and departing Mallaig at 2.30pm.

All sailings between Tobermory and Kilchoan were cancelled yesterday due to bad weather at sea and poor visibility, and today there is a strong possibility of delays or cancellations.

Afternoon sailings between Oban and Craignure were also cancelled yesterday.

Numerous other sailings were at heightened risk of disruption or cancellation throughout yesterday.

NorthLink ferry services – between Scrabster and Orkney and Shetland and Aberdeen – were relatively unaffected by yesterday’s weather.

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