The MV Isle of Lewis has today (Sunday October 20th) returned to her old duties between Stornoway and Ullapool, standing in for the Loch Seaforth which has gone for annual overhaul.

The Loch Seaforth is now on her way to Birkenhead, where she’s due for her annual refit over the next two weeks.

The Isle of Lewis will be on the passenger run on the cross-Minch route, with her longer journey times meaning a disrupted timetable into November. Each crossing will take 15 minutes longer, bumping the scheduled times up by a total of one hour each day.

Meanwhile the freight service is due to be taken over tonight by the Hebridean Isles, which arrived into Stornoway harbour today (Sunday).

She’ll continue the crossing twice each night until leaving for her own overhaul in the first week of November, when the Isle of Lewis will complete the replacement schedule with a round-the-clock service.

MV Loch Seaforth is due to return to Stornoway on the evening of Friday November 8th.