Sunday ferry from Harris to begin next month

Passengers will soon be able to travel on Sunday sailings out of Tarbert.

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has announced it is to timetable a service between Tarbert, Harris and Lochmaddy, North Uist, on Sundays during the Winter.

In a statement they said: “The ferry already sails between Tarbert and Lochmaddy on a Sunday during the Winter as a repositioning run, but up until now has not taken fare-paying traffic. However, following representations by some Harris residents and a consultation with the local community, CalMac has agreed to make the run part of its Winter timetable starting on October 23, 2011.

“In addition to providing indirect access to and from Skye from Harris on a Sunday, it reduces the need for ferry travellers to travel across the Sound of Harris from Leverburgh to Berneray and also provides a useful back up to that service, which is prone to tidal, as well as weather, disruptions.

“In economic terms, the use of the repositioning run is attractive because there are no additional costs in providing the service and it creates an opportunity to generate revenue to offset the existing costs.”

The timetable will operate on a Sunday as follows:

Depart Tarbert 09:00 Arrive Lochmaddy 10:45

Depart Lochmaddy 11:15 Arrive Uig 13:00

Depart Uig 14:15 Arrive Lochmaddy 16:00

Depart Lochmaddy 16:15 Arrive Tarbert 18:00

These services will be available to book in the next few days.