Disruption to ferry services as CalMac urges travellers to be flexible

MV Lord of the Isles.
MV Lord of the Isles.

Weather is again today (Friday, January 3rd) disrupting CalMac ferry services with a number of island route sailings delayed or cancelled.

Due to the adverse weather conditions the Uig-Tarbert-Lochmaddy service will run today with an approximate two hour delay.

The proposed timetable is:

Tarbert to Uig: Depart 9.30am, Arrive 11.10am

Uig to Lochmaddy: Depart 11.40am, Arrive 1.25pm

Lochmaddy to Uig: Depart 1.50pm, Arrive 3.35pm

Uig to Tarbert: Depart 4pm, Arrive 5.40pm

Tarbert to Uig: Depart 6pm, Arrive 7.40pm

Uig to Lochmaddy: Depart 8pm, Arrive 9.45pm

Elsewhere on the Sound of Barra service the 9.25am and 11.10am sailings from Ardmhor and the 10.15am and 1pm sailings from Eriskay have been cancelled. The situation will be reviewed at 2pm/

On the Stornoway to Ullapool route, the 7am ex Stornoway and the 10.25 ex Ullapool sailings have both been cancelled.

Updates regarding the 1.50pm and the 5.35pm sailings to come later.

And on the Sound of Harris service (Berneray to Leverburgh), with SSE winds in excess of 60knots, the service is suspended meantime. A review regarding further sailings on the route will be made.

CalMac Ferries apologise for any inconvenience these disruptions may cause, however also urge travellers to be as flexible as possible when planning their journeys over the coming days with bad weather set to continue.

A CalMac spokesman said: “We have been advised that there will be periods of severe weather hitting Scotland over the coming days and as a result our services may experience cancellations and/or disruptions.

“Due to the impact of this weather it is likely that our timetables and sailings will change at very short notice as we endeavour to maintain lifeline services.

“We would therefore ask customers to check the website www.calmac.co.uk for the latest information and be prepared to be flexible if at all possible.

“This may mean delays but also the possibility of some sailings being earlier than timetabled,” he continued, adding: “We fully appreciate that these disruptions will be inconvenient but the safety of passengers, crew and ships is our number one priority.”