The replacement ferry service for the Barra to Oban route has started off on the wrong foot, with a technical issues affecting the MV Isle of Arran today (Monday October 21st).

Islanders had already expressed dismay that the elderly vessel was unfit for service on the route, but was expected to cover the service while MV Isle of Lewis is in Stornoway providing the cover there as Loch Seaforth is in dry dock in Birkenhead for her annual service.

A notice was posted by CalMac early this afternoon stating: “Due to a minor technical issue with MV Isle of Arran, today's 1430 sailing from Oban may be liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.

"The issue will be addressed upon the vessel's arrival in Oban, therefore there may be a slight delay to the 1430 departure.”

One islander described the announcement as a ‘poor show’ with people already queueing for the ferry before the problem was announced.