Flight-change offer for Monday

Loganair has once again issued an offer to make free-of-charge flight changes for passengers who are planning to travel on Monday (24 February).

In a statement just issued today (Friday 21) they said that passengers booked to travel to or from Barra, Benbecula or Stornoway, among other airports, could make adjustments to their travel plans without charge.

The statement said: “In view of the high winds forecast and potential for travel disruption, we are offering customers travelling on Loganair flights to/from Barra, Benbecula (and) Stornoway the opportunity to adjust travel plans without charge.

“If you are booked to travel on 24th February, you can choose to re-book on an alternative flight between now and 2nd March on a first-come, first-served basis.

“If you choose to remain with your original travel plans, please rest assured that we will do everything that we safely can to fly you to your intended destination as close to the scheduled time as possible.”

Drivers warned of Braighe 

Police in the Western Isles have advised drivers planning to use the Braighe road to be aware of high tide times during the period of the strongest winds.

A statement from Highlands and Islands police division said that they are monitoring the high tides and weather conditions over the next few days at the Braighe.

High tide during the strongest forecast winds on Saturday morning is at 6.20am and Saturday evening at 6.47pm. Motorists are advised to make travel arrangements to avoid these times.

Storm impact builds again

Weather warnings were issued by the Met Office this morning (Friday 21) with updated information for Saturday’s predicted gales and a new warning for the Western Isles on Monday (24 February).

The updated warning for Saturday (22 February) gives likely impacts including travel disruption, power interruptions and coastal spray between 6am and 10pm tomorrow.

The warning is for strong, gusty winds accompanied by heavy, squally showers, with parts of northern and western Scotland expected to see gusts of 65-75mph. Showers of rain, hail and sleet could fall as snow at higher levels.

The new warning of high winds issued by the Met Office for Monday covers the Western Isles between 9am and 9pm.

The Met Office warning says: “A spell of very strong westerly winds is likely to push from the Atlantic during early Monday. Many areas are likely to see gusts of 50-60mph, with some more exposed parts of western Scotland seeing gusts up to 70mph.”

Ferry cancellations

Increased wind speeds have led to another day of disruption across the west coast ferry routes today (Friday 21 February), with 27 of CalMac’s 28 routes facing some level of disruption.

Morning services between Stornoway and Ullapool were cancelled, with sailings expected to run to schedule this afternoon, but remaining subject to disruption. The freight service tonight is on yellow alert and CalMac says there is a ‘high risk’ of disruption to the service tomorrow (Saturday).

In Barra, there is no service today between Castlebay and Oban, and services between Ardmhor and Eriskay were cancelled this morning, with all later services due to run but subject to cancellation or disruption at short notice. Sailings to and from Lochboisdale have also been cancelled for the day today.

Services between Tarbert, Uig and Lochmaddy are subject to a revised timetable, running late this morning and combining some services. The 4pm from Tarbert to Uig has been cancelled and an additional service has been planned for 6.35pm from Tarbert to Lochmaddy.

Early services across the Sound of Harris were cancelled with service resumption due from 11.10am, although all services remain liable to disruption.