Weather is causing disruption to island ferry services this week with passengers advised to ‘Be Aware’, and many routes running on amended services.
Today (Tuesday, January 30th) has seen the 2.30pm Oban to Castlebay service cancelled.
And the route is also to be cancelled tomorrow (Wednesday, January 31st) as CalMac advises: “Due to forecast winds gusting in excess of 40mph, the Oban to Castlebay service has been cancelled for Wednesday.
“The weather will be reviewed on Wednesday afternoon with regards to a potential additional sailing on Thursday.”
Passengers were also advised today to Be Aware of the heightened possibility of disruption or cancellation at short notice to the Ardmhor (Barra) to Eriskay (Sound of Barra) route; as well as on the Berneray (North Uist)-Leverburgh (Sound of Harris) route.
Forecast bad weather tomorrow, Wednesday 31st, the South Uist Mallaig-Lochboisdale-Oban service between Lochboisdale to Mallaig is also liable to disruption as the current forecast is for Westerly winds gusting over 40mph.
CalMac advise that a further update on the service will be made this afternoon.
And weather is also affecting the CalMac Ullapool-Stornoway Freight ferry service with the 10.30pm sailing from Stornoway on Wednesday liable to disruption or cancellation due to high winds and adverse sea conditions.
And the freight sailing at 3am from Ullapool on Thursday, February 1st, is also currently marked ‘Be Aware’ and liable for disruption or cancellation.