More disruption to ferry travel between Stornoway and Ullapool is predicted by the weekend, with a forecast of strong northerly winds over Friday and Saturday (October 26th and 27th)

CalMac are not accepting vehicle bookings on the MV Isle of Lewis for Friday or Saturday and are advising would-be travellers to keep a close eye on service updates on www.calmac.co.uk/updates

Stornoway ferry terminal manager Iain Don Maciver said: “The forecast is for a strong northerly wind, blowing straight down the Minch over a protracted period from Friday morning to Saturday evening, which will create a build-up of swell and make conditions very difficult.

“We’re advising passengers to avoid travelling on Friday or Saturday as there is very likely to be disruption to the service.”

The MV Isle of Lewis is still clearing a back-log of re-booked passengers after cancellations earlier this week due to strong winds.

Morning cancellations yesterday (Tuesday) were followed by a choppy passage for a full ferry returning to Stornoway last night, with squalls right up until the ferry’s delayed arrival just before 10pm.

Today’s services are running to timetable but both today and tomorrow’s return trips are already heavily booked.