Work to restore the main power connection between the mainland transmission network, Skye and the Western Isles is now under way, according to a spokesperson for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks.

The Western Isles have been running on electricity generated by diesel-fired power stations through the island chain since mid-morning on Monday (November 12th), when the main supply was severed by a landslide near Invergarry.

Power station staff have been told to plan for a contingency period of up to a fortnight to allow the main supply to be reconnected, but local expectation is that work could be concluded by the weekend, with a return to the main network as early as Saturday.

The SSEN spokesperson told today (Wednesday November 14th): “The poles are ready to go up and fully dressed at the site of the landslip and fault repairs are well under way.

"When main network power is restored, island customers should notice nothing as there will be a seamless transition between power station and main supply. Only residents in Newton and Battery Park will notice the power station stop working!

“We in the Western Isles SSEN team would like to pass on a big thank you to all our customers in the Western Isles for their patience.

"We have received so much positive feedback as we dealt with a really challenging period and we are really thankful for the great loyalty and support of our customers.”