A change of ferries for the Stornoway-Ullapool route started with disruption on the first day of the temporary service today (Sunday October 21st).

MV Loch Seaforth has gone for her annual dry-dock service at Aberdeen, where it’s expected she’ll receive further attention to bow doors damaged during a collision with the pier last Sunday (October 14th).

The MV Isle of Lewis re-positioned to Stornoway from Castlebay on Saturday, but was running late on departure from Stornoway this afternoon (Sunday) due to weight of traffic. There’s also a warning of possible weather disruption to the passenger service over the next two days (Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October).

Meanwhile freight runs due to be undertaken by the MV Hebridean Isles are also under threat of weather disruption.

With the Isle of Lewis on the Stornoway Ullapool run, Barra’s Castlebay Oban service was to be served by the MV Isle of Arran, which suffered a propulsion system breakdown and needed extensive sea trials after repair. A proposed shared service with the Lochboisdale-Mallaig route has been cancelled on Monday (October 22nd) due to the weather forecast.