Ferry advice as weather hits

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Strong winds and heavy rain have disrupted some local ferry services this morning.

CalMac said the Oban to Barra ferry sailings have been cancelled for the remainder of the day.

CalMac said its service was off due to a combination of a ‘technical issue’ and adverse weather preventing another vessel from being deployed.

Sailings between Oban and Mull have also been disrupted, it said.

The North Pier today

Other cancellations include between Kennacraig, Tarbert, and Port Askaig, Islay; and between Kennacraig and Port Ellen, Islay.

Services between Oban and Lismore have been suspended, with a review expected this afternoon.

Passengers hoping to travel between Gallanach and Kerrera are also advised that due to adverse weather the service is liable to ‘disruption or cancellation at short notice.’

Today’s updated weather warnings map.

This morning, the Met Office issued an ‘updated’ yellow weather warning of rain affecting the Highlands, and Eilean Siar.

The warning area includes Argyll and Bute and North Ayrshire, among others.

Valid until 11am on Wednesday, the warning said much of Scotland would be affected during Tuesday and through Wednesday morning.

Rainfall of 15-30mm (0.5in-1.1in) are expected ‘quite widely’, with 40mm (1.5in) on higher ground.

A few places could see 60-80mm (2.3in-3.1in) in a 24-hour period.

Drier conditions are expected to arrive from the west on Wednesday morning, the Met Office said.

At 11am, ScotRail was not reporting any cancellation of services between Oban and Glasgow Queen Street, although the 8.57am service was running late because of a speed restriction because of severe weather.

Wind gusts recorded by the Met Office at Aonach Mòr near Fort William have hit 78mph at times earlier today.

Passengers can check CalMac’s service updates via text or online at https://www.calmac.co.uk/service-status

Oban Bay today