Earlier estimates of winds of up to 80mph expected on Tuesday (January 7th) across the Outer Hebrides have been scaled back, according to the UK Met Office (today Sunday January 5th).

A smaller overall area is expected to be affected  - excluding Shetland, Orkney and Caithness – and the maximum expected gusts are now 75mph in some coastal areas, and 50-60 mph elsewhere.

Ferries between Ardmhor (Barra) and Eriskay have been cancelled today and tomorrow  (Monday 6th January) due to the winds gusting up to 50 knots, the 0715 from Ardmhor & 0810 from Eriskay have been cancelled.

On the Tarbert-Uig- Lochmaddy services, an amended timetable is running in the morning today with warnings of further disruption to come.

The Lewis freight service is running this timetable today -

  • Depart Stornoway 2145 Arrive Ullapool 0015 
  • Depart Ullapool 0130 Arrive Stornoway 0400

and  tomorrow (Monday 6th January)

  • Depart Stornoway: 2130 Arrive Ullapool 0000
  • Depart Ullapool 0130 Arrive Stornoway 0400

The passenger and vehicle services on Monday morning are cancelled. 

Earlier report - posted yesterday afternoon…

Its overall forecast states: “A windy period is expected for parts of Scotland and northern England on Tuesday. The most likely scenario is for the strong or very strong winds to develop across coastal parts of northern and western Scotland, with strong gusts across parts of northern England, central and eastern Scotland.

“Gusts of 60-70 mph are possible, with potentially 70-80 mph gusts around some of the most exposed coastal sites.”

The Met Office warns; “There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

“There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from flying debris as well as some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs.”

Meanwhile ferry cancellations, rescheduling and delays were taking place across the Islands…with warnings of more to come.

Between Castlebay and Oban today (Saturday 4th January) because of cancellations on Friday 3rd, an additional sailing was operating, weather permitting, as follows:

Depart Castlebay: 06:00; arrive Oban: 10:40; depart Oban: 11:00; arrive Castlebay: 15:40

But tomorrow (Sunday 5th January) due to adverse weather and expected swell conditions the service between Barra and Oban is cancelled. 

On the Uig-Tarbert (Harris) run today (Saturday 4th January) in order to allow the vessel to take bunkers ahead of adverse weather, the 18:15 sailing will be delayed by one hour. The vessel will depart Uig at 19:15, traffic is to check-in at Uig by 18:30. 

On the freight and passenger services between Ullapool - Stornoway, CalMac warn that because of the adverse weather forecast, the 0700 & 1030 sailings on Monday and all sailings on Tuesday may be disrupted or cancelled at short notice.

Meanwhile regarding the Mallaig/Oban-Lochboisdale service tomorrow (Sunday 5th January) because of the high wind forecast all sailings have been cancelled.