Would-be ferry captains from Barra and South Uist have just a week left to decide whether they’d like a permanent job on CalMac’s Sound of Barra crossing.
The  opportunity is there because CalMac are currently advertising for a skipper to operate the service on a permanent, one-week-on, one-week-off basis.
The route between Ardmhor and Eriskay is a lifeline route and the successful applicant would have command of the MV Loch Alainn.
At 396 tons and 41metres long, she’s one of CalMac’s small ferries and is a comparatively youthful 22 years old, built in Buckie in 1997.
As well as the qualifications and competencies usually expected of a ship’s master, CalMac has a preference for someone who lives in Barra or has accommodation available there, as the ship berths overnight at Ardmhor.
Applications close on Thursday January 30th and full details of the post can be found here.