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This morning there are no mainland ferry services from Uist to the mainland at all. 

And Harris only has a tidally affected service from Leverburgh. 

The ferry service from Lochboisdale was cancelled from Tuesday morning so the Lord of the Isles can have emergency repairs. 

Then last night CalMac Ferries announced that: "due to MV Hebrides making contact with Lochmaddy Pier and to allow for further investigations, the following sailings are cancelled;

  • Depart Lochmaddy 07:15
  • Depart Uig 09:30
  • Depart Tarbert 11:40
  • Depart Uig 14:00

A review regarding the 16:15 from Lochmaddy will be made at approximately 13:00.

The Lochboisdale rote closure began on Tuesday 17May

"Due to essential repairs required to MV Lord of the Isles’ drencher system, the vessel was withdrawn from service. The vessel is estimated to return to service on 25 May, at the earliest.

CalMac says: "We have explored options to provide additional sailings on the Barra-Eriskay service. Due to current weather conditions preventing the second vessel and crew from repositioning to Sound of Barra, we are currently unable to provide additional sailings on the Barra-Eriskay route.

"Additionally, we are unable to relocate the crew via other means due to a requirement from the Mallaig Harbour Authority for MV Loch Bhrusda to be crewed at all times.

"We will continue to review weather conditions and an update will be provided as soon as possible. Normal timetable will continue to operate on the Barra-Eriskay route."

On the Sound of Harris today (Thursday May 19) because of the state of the tides, an amended timetable will operate:

  • Depart Berneray: 07:00, 09:20, 11:45, 17:20
  • Depart Leverburgh: 08:10, 10:30, 13:00, 18:30

MV Hebrides at Uig recently

On Twitter there was anger that the halting of all services only merited an Orange Alert - one said: "How is this an Amber? So no service at all now to Uist tomorrow. No Lord of the Isles and so folk have to go foot passenger on Hebrides. And now that’s off? Jings. Is there absolutely no likelihood of afternoon service?"

Another said: "Time to temporarily reduce Arran or Islay to a one boat service so Uist isn't left to starve with no mainland ferry at all"

The landscape around Lochmaddy port is being transformed to create the new ferry port for the long delayed ferry being, allegedly, built in Glasgow. There was some thought this might have have affected the ferry if it was approaching the pier.