Castlebay is this afternoon (Wednesday April 17th) no longer the focus of disruption on the CalMac network.

With very little advance notice, the Isle of Lewis ferry was returned to service and set off on additional sailing to Oban.

Protests were been made in southern Skye as ferry links from Mallaig to Armadale were cut back because the Lord of the Isles is operating extra services from Lochboisdale to Mallaig.

Meanwhile additional services were operating late into the evening across the Sound of Barra to link up with the Mallaig crossings. 

Earlier local repairs to the stricken MV Isle of Lewis were concluded to allow her to leave Castlebay pier and go to sea to allow MV Clansman into Barra.

It was announced at the start of today (Wednesday April 17th)  that the MV Clansman would operate the 0715 sailing Coll/Tiree-Castlebay on time.

And “due to the ongoing technical issue with the MV Isle of Lewis, the 07:55 sailing from Castlebay & the 13:30 sailing from Oban have been cancelled.
“Customers booked on the cancelled 07:55 sailing from Castlebay to Oban have the option of travelling from Ardmhor to Eriskay (07:30) and then from Lochboisdale to Mallaig at 09:50 (subject to availability).
“Customers booked on the cancelled 13:30 sailing from Oban to Castlebay have the option of travelling from Mallaig to Lochboisdale at 06:00 or 13:50 (subject to availability). For customers travelling on the 0600 sailing from Mallaig, there is the option of travelling from Eriskay to Ardmhor at 10:15, 13:00, 16:35, 18:30 and 19:35 (subject to availability). For customers travelling on the 13:50 departure from Mallaig, there is the option of travelling on the 18:10 and 19:35 sailings from Eriskay to Ardmhor (subject to availability).

“For any foot passengers requiring transport from Oban to Mallaig, Lochboisdale to Eriskay & onward from Ardmhor are advised to contact the local office on 01631 700506 (option 2) to make arrangements. 

Over the Sound of Barra:

The 0700 sailing from Ardmhor delayed until 0730 

The 0810 sailing from Eriskay delayed until 0815

The 1730 sailing from Ardmhor departs at 1720 (10 minutes early)

The 1830 sailing from Eriskay will departs at 1810 (20 minutes early)

The following additional sailings will operate:

Depart Ardmhor - 1850
Arrive Eriskay - 1930
Depart Eriskay - 1935
Arrive Ardmhor - 2015

Tomorrow (Thursday April 18th):
The 0700 sailing from Ardmhor will be delayed until 0730 

The 0810 sailing from Eriskay will be delayed until 0815

Photograph from Bùth Bharraidh