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There’s more upheaval on the ferries this weekend as delays in the annual overhaul programme force CalMac to rework vessel deployments once again.

With the MV Clansman’s overhaul held up, the ferry operator is juggling ships to provide a makeshift service from the Little Minches southward this weekend.

Today (Saturday, February 16), the MV Alfred will operate a return service from Lochmaddy to Uig this morning before departing for overhaul.

Weekend services out of Tarbert are cancelled, diverting traffic onto the Stornoway-Ullapool service.

MV Hebridean Isles, meanwhile, is being removed from duty at Lochboisdale to carry out a return sailing to Ullapool on Sunday (February 17), departing at 7 am.

To provide a ferry service to Uist on Sunday, MV Hebridean Isles will operate solely for Uist traffic and divert to Ullapool to allow freight to travel. 

CalMac’s Fiona Galbraith, Area Operations Manager, said: “I am very sorry that this disruption is coming on the February school weekend, and we are aware of the impact on our customers and communities. Normal service with the MV Hebridean Isles on the combined timetable is expected to resume on Monday, 19 February.”

UIG - TARBERT

Friday, February 16

Depart Lochmaddy – 07:00
Arrive Uig – 09:10

Depart Uig – 09:50
Arrive Lochmaddy – 12:00

Depart Lochmaddy – 12:40
Arrive Uig – 14:50

Depart Uig – 16:00
Arrive Lochmaddy – 18:40

Freight will be prioritised for Lochmaddy.

Saturday, February 17

Sailings cancelled. Tarbert traffic is asked to travel via Stornoway – Ullapool.

Sunday, February 18

Sailings cancelled. Tarbert traffic is asked to travel via Stornoway – Ullapool.


UIG - LOCHMADDY

Friday, February 16

Depart Lochmaddy – 07:00
Arrive Uig – 09:10

Depart Uig – 09:50
Arrive Lochmaddy – 12:00

Depart Lochmaddy – 12:40
Arrive Uig – 14:50

Depart Uig – 16:00
Arrive Lochmaddy – 18:40

As an alternative, customers are advised to travel via Lochboisdale (for Lochmaddy) or Stornoway (for Tarbert) where possible.

Freight will be prioritised for Lochmaddy.

Saturday, February 17

MV Alfred will operate an amended timetable before departing for annual overhaul:

Depart Lochmaddy – 07:00 (07:30 and 16:10 early departure)
Arrive Uig – 09:10

Depart Uig – 09:30 (1400 early departure)
Arrive Lochmaddy – 11:40

Sunday, February 18

Sailings are cancelled.

An alternative service will operate between Lochboisdale and Ullapool as follows:

Depart Lochboisdale – 07:00
Arrive Ullapool – 13:30

Depart Ullapool – 14:00
Arrive Lochboisdale – 20:45

Freight will be prioritised on this service.

LOCHBOISDALE - OBAN

Saturday, February 17

This service is liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice due to adverse weather conditions.

Due to delays in the annual overhaul programme, the 18:00 Lochboisdale to Castlebay sailing has been cancelled.

Sunday, February 18

MV Hebridean Isles will operate the following sailings:

Depart Lochboisdale – 07:00
Arrive Ullapool – 13:30

Depart Ullapool – 14:00
Arrive Lochboisdale – 20:45

Freight will be prioritised on this service. The 18:20 Castlebay to Lochboisdale sailing has been cancelled.