The Isle of Lewis ferry is en route to the Sea of the Hebrides having left Aberdeen yesterday after its delayed period of repairs and renovations.

Eager watchers from the beleaguered Isles of Barra and Vatersay were up early watching its progress on http://shipais.uk/currentmap.html?mmsi=232002521


As of 0930 today, the Isle of Lewis ferry made a abrupt turn to the north-west and was heading for harbour in Stornoway 


The CalMac timetable update shows that for today at Castlebay (Tuesday 23rd February) “Due to a combination of a technical issue and adverse weather preventing another vessel from being deployed, this service is cancelled.”

Only the Lochboisdale-Mallaig was showing as running normally this morning – and that’s because there’s no scheduled service on that route today at all.

In Harris, would-be passengers are now being told the service to and from Tarbert is totally cancelled until Friday 26th February.

CalMac say: “Due to vessel redeployment to support essential lifeline services elsewhere on the network this service has been cancelled as the relief vessel cannot operate to the current pier structure.”

Alternative routes would normally be available via the Stornoway-Ullapool service, or via the Sound of Harris and Lochmaddy-Uig.  However, this morning’s Stornoway sailing was cancelled and CalMac say: “The 1030 departing Ullapool and the 1400 departing Stornoway are liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.” And this morning’s sailings across the Sound of Harris are also cancelled meaning that Lewis and Harris are completely cut off from the mainland this morning.

There is supposed to be a lone service running between Lochmaddy and Uig on Skye today.

CalMac say: “Due to adverse weather, the following timetable will operate:

Depart Lochmaddy: 1100 Arrive Uig: 1255 Depart Uig: 1325 Arrive Lochmaddy: 1520

But they add: “Service will remain liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice, due to Southerly winds gusting to 45mph.”

For more on how the Isle of Arran ferry ended up docked last night in Stornoway, see 

https://www.welovestornoway.com/index.php/articles-auto-3/19560-ferry-crisis-1-ferry-in-10-days-for-barra