Weather warnings have been issued for much of mainland Scotland ahead of heavy snow and blizzards this weekend (Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December).

Although the islands look set to avoid the worst of the winter weather, there could be disruption to flights as well as to mainland travel services on trains and buses. 

Now Loganair are offering customers travelling on flights to and from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness the opportunity to change their plans, without charge, in case of disruption to air travel.

Anyone booked to travel on Saturday 15th or Sunday 16th, can choose to re-book on an alternative flight between now and Sunday 23rd December.  Loganair ask you to check seat availability at www.loganair.co.uk and then call on 0344 800 2855 with your booking reference handy to confirm a change of flight.  Full details of the flight change offer are at http://ow.ly/TKsD30mYeC4

Meanwhile ferries face another series of potential disruptions, with strong winds forecast from today (Thursday December 13th) until Saturday.

The Sound of Harris (Berneray Leverburgh) ferry is cancelled for the day today (Thursday) and on standby for further disruption tomorrow.

Other services from Lewis and Harris are currently on yellow alert, with all sailings between Stornoway and Ullapool and between Uig and Tarbert on standby for cancellation or delay over the next three days.

The forecast is for south to south-easterly winds up to severe gale force 9 in the Minch today, and occasionally storm force 10 in the south of the Minch tomorrow.