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The continuing storm-force winds blasting the Southern Isles are again disrupting ferry services for Lochboisdale.

CalMac has cancelled all sailings today (Tuesday, January 23), the fifth day in a row that the weather has halted ferry services for South Uist.

It has also cancelled tomorrow’s ‘bow in’ berthing trials with MV Hebridean Isles in Port Ellen.

Last night, CalMac said: “Weather permitting, sailings would revert to the normal timetable. Due to adverse weather forecast, this service is liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.”

However, sailings on Thursday, January 25, are already cancelled, including the additional Oban sailing as previously planned.

Next month, there are other timetable changes on the horizon.

Due to operational reasons, on Monday, February 5, the 13:10 Oban departure has been cancelled. The 06:40 departure from Lochboisdale will operate according to the timetable.

And in a new round of timetable tweaking, the ferry operator has confirmed that the MV Hebridean Isles will begin double duty serving Castlebay and Lochboisdale from Wednesday, February 7.

The planned timetable is as follows:

Depart Castlebay- 06:05
Arrive Oban-11:40

Depart Oban-12:30
Arrive Castlebay- 18:05

Depart Castlebay- 18:20
Arrive Lochboisdale- 20:05

CalMac says there will be a further timetable review on February 7.