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Ferry operator CalMac has axed sailings between Lochboisdale and Oban from today (Sunday, December 3) due to further delays with its annual fleet overhaul programme.

The route is now being replaced with a service between Lochboisdale and Oban operated by the MV Isle of Arran, which is currently hampered by a radar fault limiting the ferry to daylight hours.

CalMac are advising that today’s 05:55 departure from Lochboisdale has been cancelled. However, an additional sailing is being put on as follows:

Depart Oban- 09:30
Arrive Lochboisdale- 15:05

As a result of the Lochboisdale-Oban route being shut down, an additional sailing is operating across the Sound of Barra from Eriskay to Ardmhor in Barra to provide a connection to the delayed departure from Castlebay to the mainland:

Depart Ardmhor - 06:15
Arrive Eriskay - 06:40
Depart Eriskay - 06:45
Arrive Ardmhor - 07:20

Tomorrow (Monday, December 4) until Thursday, December 7 it is planned to operate the MV Isle of Arran as follows:

Monday, December 4

Depart Lochboisdale - 06:10
Arrive Oban - 11:55

Due to the ferry’s radar fault, CalMac will issue a further update at approximately 17:00 today. The 11:20 departing Oban is cancelled.

Tuesday, December 5

The 09:40 departing Lochboisdale is cancelled.

The 13:50 departing Mallaig will now depart Oban as follows:

Depart Oban - 12:30
Arrive Lochboisdale - 18:15

Wednesday, December 6

Depart Lochboisdale - 05:55 (delayed 05:20)
Arrive Oban - 11:40
Depart Oban - 12:30 (delayed 11:20)
Arrive Lochboisdale - 18:15

Thursday, December 7

Service will operate at an earlier time to Oban and not Mallaig as timetabled -

Depart Lochboisdale – 05:55 (previously 0940)
Arrive Oban – 11:40

The 13:50 departure from Mallaig has been cancelled, and Oban has no return leg.