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

Strong south-south-easterly winds mean cancellations to the Stornoway Ullapool ferry today (Friday December 14th) with a very high risk of more disruption tomorrow.

Tonight’s 5.30pm sailing from Ullapool has been cancelled, as has the freight sailing from Stornoway at 10.30pm tonight.

Calmac warn of likely cancellations to all services throughout Saturday (December 15th).

A CalMac spokesman said: “Customers are strongly advised to amend travel plans should they be booked on these sailings.”

Today’s sailings between Uig and Tarbert are running 30 minutes early to get ahead of the weather, with a latest check-in time of 1pm at Uig and 3pm at Tarbert.

The Sound of Harris service (Berneray Leverburgh) is cancelled for the day.

 The forecast is for gale force southerly winds gusting to 43mph this afternoon and remaining strong south-easterly through tomorrow.

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