The next contract to operate the Scottish Government-supported air routes from Glasgow to Barra, Tiree and Campbeltown will give local communities more control over the services.

The Invitation To Tender for the contract, which will run for four years from 25 October 2019, has been published today (Thursday April 25th)

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be starting the annual surface dressing programme on Monday May 6th with works expected to last for 6-10 weeks depending on weather conditions.

The sailing from Castlebay was once again disrupted due to technical issues.

CalMac have said: 'Due to a technical issue, the 07:55 departed Castlebay late at 11:50 with ETA in Oban at 1630. Departure from Oban will be approx. 1645.'