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CalMac cancels some Ullapool-Stornoway sailings amid bad weather; move comes as Met Office yellow warning for high winds remains in place across Ross-shire and the wider Highlands; Sepa coastal flooding alerts are also in place in Wester and Easter Ross


By Philip Murray


The MV Loch Seaforth ferry on the Ullapool-Stornoway route. Picture: Alan Jamieson from Aberdeen, via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]
The MV Loch Seaforth ferry on the Ullapool-Stornoway route. Picture: Alan Jamieson from Aberdeen, via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

CALMAC has cancelled some of Tuesday's Ullapool-Stornoway sailings amid a continued Met Office yellow warning for high winds and snow, as well as Sepa coastal flooding alerts in Wester and Easter Ross.

The ferry operator this morning confirmed that the 2pm Stornoway to Ullapool sailing, and 5.30pm return trip have been cancelled due to the weather.

It has also warned that its overnight freight service may also be subject to disruption at short notice depending on conditions.

Meanwhile, Sepa flood alerts remain in place on the west and east coasts. It warns of greater risks of coastal flooding at times of high tides, which were expected to occur in the Ullapool area at around 8am and 8.30pm on Tuesday.

They added: "Due to a combination of high tides along with a large surge, wind and waves there is a risk of flooding in coastal areas during Monday and Tuesday. The greatest risk is around the times of high water. There will [also] be a risk from wind and waves at all times, particularly on exposed western coasts.

"Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property.Advice and information is also available through Floodline on 0345 9881188."

A similar warning is in place for Easter Ross, with the next high water time on Tuesday being around 1.30pm – although there will be local variations in that time.

The Met Office's latest yellow weather warning, meanwhile, remains in force until midnight on Tuesday/Wednesday. It is warning of further high winds as well as snow disruption.

A further yellow warning for snow and ice will also come into force at 12.01am on Wednesday and run until midday the same day.

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