The CalMac ferry MV Isle of Lewis is returning to service this afternoon (Tuesday July 23rd) after a period of extensive disruption to services to and from the Isle of Barra.

The ship had been in dry dock in Greenock undergoing repairs to a crack in the hull which could not be repaired while she was in the water. She’s now been declared safe to go to sea and is heading for Oban to take up the service from 1.30pm today.

While the Isle of Lewis has been out of commission, MV Isle of Arran was put onto the route to provide a fill-in service but, with smaller capacity than the Isle of Lewis, she was not able to keep up with the weight of holiday and local traffic.

CalMac said today: “We thank our customers for their patience during this period of disruption and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”