Ferry services across the Sound of Harris are being disrupted over the next days by a combination of weather, tides and vessel replacement.

MV Loch Portain is undergoing her annual overhaul at Troon and, while initially expected to return to service on Monday (17 February) has been delayed, now with an estimated return to service on or after Tuesday 25 February.

She’s replaced on the run between Berneray and Leverburgh by MV Loch Bhrusda, a smaller vessel with lower capacity and a longer crossing time. Her smaller capacity means that reservations on the service are currently essential.

A revised timetable is operating on the crossing until at least Tuesday, but adverse weather and tidal conditions are also having an effect, with services on standby for cancellation or disruption as gales sweep in from the southwest.

Tidal timetables will be in operation on February 23 to 27 on this service. Up-to-date service information is available here.

Picture shows MV Loch Portain at Leverburgh – she’s currently undergoing annual servicing.