Port operators CMAL say that because of findings during routine inspection of the Tarbert linkspan, issues have been identified which require the lifting ropes to be replaced.

The linkspan at Tarbert will be closed after the 16.00 ferry service on Wednesday 27 February departs, and will reopen for the arrival of the 11.20 sailing on Tuesday 5 March.

This will allow both sets of rope replacements to be carried out during a single closure period, CMAL say.

During the closure, the normal timetabled service will operate but will be for foot passengers only.

Any vehicular traffic will need to travel on the Stornoway to Ullapool route or use a combination of the Uig-Lochmaddy and Sound of Harris services.

CalMac Ferries say their "customer service teams are now contacting all booked traffic to arrange options, and our customers will be made aware through the usual process."

They add: "Please be aware, the Uig-Lochmaddy service will not be affected by the closure of the Tarbert linkspan."

Mezanwhile, the closure of the Co-operative 24-hour petrol station, at Broadford, continues.  CalMac passengers travelling to and from the Isle of Skye continue to be advised that the island’s main petrol station at the Co-operative food store at Broadford is closed for refurbishment until March 2019.

There is no supply of petrol or LPG in that area. However, the Co-operative Group has a temporary supply of diesel from a tank with two pumps providing fuel service during store hours of 0700-2200 daily.

Alternative petrol and diesel filling stations, with limited hours, are available at the locations on Skye shown below:

  • A851 at Armadale (Sleat) for the Mallaig-Armadale CalMac ferry
  • A87 Portree, 300m north of the Aros Centre
  • A87 Portree, Dunvegan Road, 250m south of the Portree Co-operative Food Store
  • A87 Uig, adjacent to CalMac ferry terminal

Passengers travelling to and from Skye are advised to ensure they have enough fuel for their journey and are advised that many of the filling stations operate business hours only, and some are not open at weekends. Signage will be available across Skye, showing nearest filling stations but passengers are strongly advised to check online ahead of their journey.