The view from the bridge as the ferry set out from Castlebay at 11am today. Pic by Lewis Mackenzie.
There’s a brief respite in the weather today (Wednesday January 8th) in Barra, after yesterday saw the island notch up the strongest gusts of wind in Scotland.
 
BBC Scotland weather tweeted a chart which showed Barra at the top, with gusts of 74mph yesterday, a day on which many services were cancelled and islanders were unable to travel.
 
And the Western Isles weather stations network clocked 82mph gusts at Barra Airport, with 73mph in Castlebay.
 
There’s a piecemeal ferry service today and tomorrow, with a single sailing from Castlebay to Oban today and an extra return sailing from Oban, probably via the Small Isles, tomorrow morning.
 
But the comparative calm comes before further forecast storm winds, beginning to build on Friday morning and looking set to last through the weekend and into next week.
 
The view from the bridge as the ferry set out from Castlebay at 11am today. Pic by Lewis Mackenzie.