CalMac’s Sound of Harris service continues to operate with restricted space, as the regular vessel MV Loch Portain returns late from her annual service.

Passenger capacity has been reduced to just 50 as the relief vessel MV Loch Bhrusda – the original and much smaller Sound of Harris ferry – maintains the service in Loch Portain’s absence.

CalMac warned that tomorrow’s (Monday February 25th) 11.10am service is already fully booked, with intending passengers advised to contact CalMac in case of cancellations.

There’s also a slightly amended timetable later in the day for operational reasons, the 3.30pm sailing from Berneray to Leverburgh leaving at 3pm and the 4.40pm sailing from Leverburgh to Berneray at the earlier time of 4.20pm.

MV Loch Portain is en route to return to her home service, and is remaining overnight in Oban tonight (Sunday).

Conditions are forecast too windy for her to cross the Minch tomorrow and it’s hoped she’ll be able to make the crossing on Tuesday and return to service on Wednesday February 27th.