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CalMac's Ullapool-Stornoway service affected by strong winds; cancellations confirmed for all of Monday and on into Tuesday timetable


By Philip Murray

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The MV Loch Seaforth and linkspan at Ullapool Harbour.
The MV Loch Seaforth and linkspan at Ullapool Harbour.

STRONG winds and high swells have sparked the cancellation of ferry services in and out of Ullapool for all of Monday and well into Tuesday.

CalMac has also warned passengers that later sailings tomorrow are also at “high risk” of disruption or cancellation at short notice.

The disruption comes amid gale force winds and snow warnings in the region.

Confirming the cancellation of the remainder of Monday’s sailings, as well as Tuesday’s 7am Stornoway departure and 10.30am Ullapool return, a CalMac spokesman added that the status of the 2pm Stornoway and 5.30pm Ullapool departures were still very uncertain owing to the “forecast northerly gales and associated swell”, and that a review of them would be carried out at 8.30am tomorrow.

Earlier on Monday, the RNLI’s Portree lifeboat was called-out to Torridon by the Coastguard after it received reports that an unmanned fish farm vessel had run aground. They were stood down though before needing to offer assistance, as another fish farm vessel was already on site recovering the first one.

A number of trains on the Kyle and Far North Lines were also cancelled on Monday morning.

And the Met Office has also issued a further snow warning for much of Ross-shire and the wider Highlands on Tuesday. The alert takes effect at midnight tonight and will remain in place until 10am tomorrow. If follows on immediately from a separate alert for high winds and snow which is currently in place across much of the north.

Related news: Met Office yellow warning issued for snow.

Related news: Trains cancelled amid rough weather


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