Strong winds in the north and the delayed overhaul programme are hampering CalMac’s ferry timetable over the weekend.
CalMac has made a number of amendments to sailings for Friday with operations on amber alert for last minute cancellations into the weekend.
The operator said cancelling sailings was not a decision it took lightly, and apologised for any inconvenience caused to passengers.
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Tobermory, Mull – Kilchoan: As a result of vessel availability we are now in a position to redeploy a vessel to this route, therefore normal vehicle and passenger service will resume with 7.20am departing Tobermory.
Claonaig -Tarbert, Loch Fyne – Lochranza, Loch Fyne: Due to a smaller vessel operating the service, an amended timetable will operate.
Ardmhor, Barra – Eriskay: Due to adverse weather, this service is liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.
Oban – Castlebay, Barra: Due to adverse weather conditions this service is liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.
Oban – Coll and Tiree: Berthing is not guaranteed at Tiree and Coll due to swell conditions. The ferry is unable to carry livestock.
Oban – Colonsay – Port Askaig, Islay – Kennacraig, Islay: Due to previous weather disruptions leading to an amended timetable operating to Coll and Tiree, this service will be amended as follows: Depart Oban – 12.45pm, depart Colonsay – 3.15pm
Arrive Oban – 5.30pm. This service is liable to further disruption or cancellation due to weather conditions.
Uig, Skye – Tarbert, Harris: Due to fuel requirements Tarbert to Uig departed one hour earlier at 6.30am. Due to south – south easterly gales forecast with gusts in excess of 57mph, sailings on Friday and Saturday are liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.
Fionnphort, Mull – Iona: Due to high tides and swell the early 7am departing Iona and 6pm request sailing departing Fionnphort will be at higher risk of disruption or cancellation at short notice. All other sailings are also liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.
Kennacraig, Islay – Port Askaig, Islay, Kennacraig, Islay – Port Ellen, Islay: A relief vessel will operate due to MV Finlaggan’s overhaul and some crossing times will be increased by 10 minutes.
Tarbert, Loch Fyne – Portavadie: Due to an amended timetable in operation on the Tarbert-Lochranza service, the 11.15am and 3.15pm from Tarbert and 11.45am and 3.45pm from Portavadie have been cancelled.
Ullapool – Stornoway, Lewis: Due to forecast adverse weather, the following have been cancelled departing Ullapool – 10.30am and departing Stornoway at 2pm.
Oban – Craignure, Mull:Due to crew availability arising from Covid protocol, the 9.45pm departing Oban has been cancelled. On Saturday, due to crew availability arising from Covid protocol, the 6.45am sailing from Craignure has been cancelled.The 9.45pm departure from Oban will now be brought forward to 6.25pm.
Uig, Skye – Lochmaddy, South Uist: Both Friday and Saturday, due to South – South Easterly gales forecast with gusts in excess of 57mph, sailings are liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.
Berneray, North Uist – Leverburgh, Harris:All remaining sailings are liable to weather disruption or cancellation at short notice.
Mallaig – Armadale, Skye: Due to operational reasons the following sailings have been cancelled: Departing Mallaig 8.40am and 4pm, Departing Armadale 9.25am and 4.45pm. Due to a forecast of strong winds and swell, the 5.30pm departing Mallaig and 6.15pm departing Armadale are liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.
Mallaig – Small Isles: Disruption to timetable. Please check ahead.
Mallaig / Oban – Lochboisdale, South Uist: Due to an extension of the overhaul programme, this service is cancelled until Thursday March 31.