A poor forecast over the next two days means cancellations to the freight service between Stornoway and Ullapool from tonight (Monday October 21st).

Southerly winds gusting above 40 knots have forced the master of the Hebridean Isles to cancel the freight service after the return of tonight’s crossing.

The replacement freight ferry – covering the run while MV Loch Seaforth is in dry dock – left Stornoway two hours early, at 3pm this afternoon, and is due to return at 7pm from Ullapool.

On reaching Stornoway she will tie up and is not likely to sail again until the 5pm crossing on Wednesday (October 23rd).

CalMac’s Stornoway ferry terminal manager Iain Don Maciver told welovestornoway.com: “The weather is not going to affect passenger services on the Isle of Lewis, which are expected to run to schedule, but we are not accepting any further car bookings in order to leave space for essential freight.

“Any vehicle bookings already made will be honoured and the passenger service will run, unless there is further unexpected deterioration in the weather.

“As things stand we are not cancelling bookings or passenger sailings and, if the forecast weather blows through more quickly than forecast, we will return to freight sailings earlier.

"However, we currently expect the 5pm crossing on Wednesday from Stornoway to be the next service that the Hebridean Isles undertakes.”