The main power network supply from the mainland is expected to be reconnected to the Western Isles late tomorrow tonight (Thursday November 22nd), according to Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN).

Power for the islands has been generated by island power stations since Monday November 12th, when a landslide near Invergarry in the Highlands toppled pylons and brought down the main supply line serving Skye, Lochalsh and the Western Isles.

Uniquely, the Western Isles still have a back-up supply network of diesel-fired power stations, including at Battery Point and Arnish in Lewis. These have been working continuously over the past 10 days to maintain all the electricity used in the isles.

The overhead power system at Invergarry has now been restored by SSEN engineers. The switch back to the main network is expected to take place late tomorrow. Island customers should notice no interruption to the power supply, although residents around Newton and Inaclete will note that the power station at Battery Point is no longer running.

This story has been updated with new information from SSEN.