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Caledonian MacBrayne warns Ross-shire ferry passengers of potential disruption to Ullapool-Stornoway services on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday as 72-hour Met Office weather warning window draws near; CalMac's warning comes ahead of the arrival of Storm Ciara at the weekend


By Philip Murray

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The MV Loch Seaforth at dock in Ullapool.
The MV Loch Seaforth at dock in Ullapool.

CALMAC passengers travelling to or from Wester Ross face days of potential disruption, the ferry operator has warned.

Ahead of the arrival of Storm Ciara this weekend, CalMac issued an update for passengers on the Stornoway-Ullapool route advising that sailings will be "liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice". The warning, which runs from Saturday until Tuesday inclusive, applies not just to the passenger ferry services but also the overnight freight service.

To keep up to date on CalMac sailings, and to see if there are any disruptions, visit the ferry operator's service updates page.

The warning of potential disruption comes as the Highlands braces itself for 72 hours of continuous yellow weather alerts for strong or storm force gales and heavy snow on higher ground.

The first yellow warning, for strong winds, will come into force at midday on Saturday, which will be followed by a further yellow alert at midnight on Saturday/Sunday and will last all day Sunday. The latter alert relates directly to the arrival of Storm Ciara.

It will be followed by a third alert - this time for further strong winds accompanied by heavy snow - which will run all day Monday and end at midday on Tuesday.

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