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31/01/09

Loch Alainn dep Gourock at 1000 for Campbeltown eta 1730. Her final destination is Lochaline where she is to relieve the Loch Fyne for overhaul on the clyde.

Oban – Craignure: Due to adverse weather the 1600 Oban/Craignure and 1700 Craignure/Oban services will be delayed by 2 hours as follows:- dep Oban 1800, arr Craignure 1846, dep Craignure 1900, arr Oban 1946.
Oban- Coll- Tiree: Due to adverse weather. The following timetable will operate: Dep Oban 0900, arrive Tiree 1240, dep Tiree 1255, arrive Coll 1355, dep Coll 1400, arrive Craignure 1645, dep Craignure 1700, arrive Oban 1745.
Oban – Colonsay: Yesterdays disrupted sailing will run today, dep Oban 1400.
Mallaig - Eigg - Muck - Rum – Canna: The Small Isles Service will be operating as follows: Depart Mallaig 0915, arrive Canna 1120, depart Canna 1130, arrive Rum 1225, depart Rum 1245, arrive Muck 1400, depart Muck 1410, arrive Eigg 1445, depart Eigg 1455, arrive Mallaig 1620.

Picture: Zak (SoC Crew / Daily Bute) Picture: Zak (SoC Crew / Daily Bute) Picture: Zak (SoC Crew / Daily Bute)
Loch Alainn heading for Campbeltown today, and Loch Dunvegan sitting at Rhubodach


30/01/09

Barra - Eriskay (Sound of Barra): Cancelled due to adverse weather (review at 1500).
Oban - Lochboisdale/Castlebay – Oban: Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Fionnphort – Iona: Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Oban – Lismore: Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Sconser – Raasay: Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Mallaig – Armadale: Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Berneray - Leverburgh (Sound of Harris): Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Mallaig - Eigg - Muck - Rum – Canna: Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Oban-Colonsay: Cancelled due to adverse weather. The next sailing from Oban will be on Saturday 31st Jan at 14:00.
Tayinloan – Gigha: Due to adverse weather conditions this service has been suspended meantime. The situation will be reviewed later in the day.
Kennacraig-Port Ellen/Port Askaig: The 0945 from Kennacraig has diverted to Port Askaig in favour of Port Ellen, this in effect will mean that the scheduled 1800 sailing will leave from Port Askaig NOT Port Ellen as timetabled. Due to adverse weather conditions the 1800 sailing from Kennacraig tonight has been cancelled, also the 0700 sailing from Islay tomorrow (Saturday 31st January) has also been cancelled.
Gourock – Dunoon: This service is disrupted/delayed due to tidal conditions. Due to a high tide the 1420 from Gourock & 1450 from Dunoon have both been cancelled.
Tarbert (Loch Fyne) – Portavadie: Due to adverse weather conditions this service is running late.


29/01/09

Loch Shira resumed the Largs-Cumbrae slip route today after her recent overhaul. Loch Alainn moved to Gourock.

Strong winds were causing problems again today
Tarbert (Loch Fyne) - Lochranza (winter only): Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Barra - Eriskay (Sound of Barra): Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Oban - Lochboisdale/Castlebay – Oban: Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Oban- Coll- Tiree: The vessel did not manage to berth at Coll, therefore the sailing is cancelled and is returning to Oban.
Fionnphort – Iona: Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Kennacraig-Port Ellen/Port Askaig: Due to adverse weather conditions the 0700 sailing from Kennacraig this morning has now diverted to Port Askaig in favour of Port Ellen. This means that the 0945 from Islay will now be leaving from Port Askaig and NOT Port Ellen as timetabled.
Kennacraig-Port Ellen/Port Askaig: Due to adverse weather conditions the 0945 sailing from Kennacraig to Islay today will be diverting to Port Askaig in favour of Port Ellen. This means that the 1700 sailing from Islay tonight will be from Port Askaig and not Port Ellen as timetabled.
Kennacraig-Port Ellen/Port Askaig: Due to Adverse Weather the 1800 sailing from Kennacraig tonight has been cancelled. This in effect will mean that the 0700 sailing from Port Ellen (Friday 30/01/09) has also been cancelled.
Ullapool – Stornoway: Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Ullapool – Stornoway(Freight): Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Berneray - Leverburgh (Sound of Harris): Cancelled due to adverse weather.
Sconser – Raasay: Cancelled due to adverse weather.


28/01/09

Isle of Cumbrae departed Tobermory at 0915 today for Campbeltown. She changed over with Loch Linnhe who has resumed the Tobermory-Kilhoan roster.

Kennacraig-Port Ellen/Port Askaig: Due to an adverse weather forecast and a running swell at Port Ellen, the 1800 sailing from Kennacraig to Islay tonight is diverting to Port Askaig in favour of Port Ellen. This means that the 0700 sailing from Islay tomorrow 29/01/09 will depart from Port Askaig and NOT Port Ellen as timetabled.


27/01/09

Isle of Lewis moved into dry dock this morning to begin her overhaul. Raasay moved at 1120 from Gigha south pier to Oban, while Loch Linnhe left Oban for Tobermory.


26/01/09

A slipway inspection of Tayinloan this morning (passed) let Raasay move to Gigha south pier(1050) with Loch Linnhe resuming full service. Loch Ranza departed Campbeltown this morning for Gigha. After a quick change over with Loch Linnhe, Loch Ranza resumed the Gigha - Tayinloan service at 1400. Loch Linnhe departed Tayinloan at 1300 for Oban.

Isle of Lewis arrived at Fredericia this evening at 2215 to begin her overhaul. She was delayed slightly in her long journey due to some rough weather in the North Sea.


25/01/09

Loch Ranza departed Rothesay for Gigha via a berth at Campbeltown. Caledonian Isles resumed the Arran roster this morning after her recent overhaul.

Wemyss Bay – Rothesay: Due to adverse weather and tidal conditions, services were diverted to Gourock. Sailings from Gourock were 1245 and 1430. Service resumed at 1515 to Wemyss Bay. The following sailings were cancelled from Wemyss Bay 1300, 1345 and 1430 and from Rothesay 1300 and 1345.
Gourock – Dunoon: Due to tidal conditions the 1220 from Gourock and the 1250 from Dunoon were cancelled. Service resumed at 1320.
Tayinloan – Gigha: Due to adverse weather conditions this service has been cancelled for the remainder of the day. Normal service will resume tomorrow 26/01/09, weather permitting.
Kennacraig-Port Ellen/Port Askaig: Due to adverse weather the 1800 sailing from Kennacraig tonight will divert to Port Askaig in favour of Port Ellen. This means that the 0700 sailing from Islay tomorrow 26/01/09 will be from Port Askaig and NOT Port Ellen as timetabled.

Update: Tayinloan – Gigha: Due to an improvement in the weather conditions the Raasay will carry out additional sailings as follows:- Depart Gigha - 15:30hrs Depart Tayinloan- 16:00hrs The service will then be over until normal timetable commences tomorrow 26/01/09, weather permitting.


24/01/09

After completing today’s runs, Clansman departed Ardrossan for Stornoway via a brief call at Castlebay to unload her gangways. Clansman is heading for Stornoway to cover Isle of Lewis for Overhaul.
Isle of Lewis also departed Stornoway today this time heading for Fredericia in Denmark for her overhaul and fuel conversion to heavy oil.


23/01/09

Berneray - Leverburgh (Sound of Harris): The 0800 Berneray to Leverburgh and 0920 Leverburgh to Berneray was delayed due to a technical issue.
Oban - Lismore: Due to a technical problem, the 1000 & 1100 sailings were cancelled. Service resumed at 1400.
Fionnphort – Iona: Due to essential repair work to the Iona slipway this service is operating a restricted timetable until further notice. Sailings depart Mon- Sat: Ex Iona - 0900, 1230, 1500, and 1815. Ex Fionnphort - 0845, 1215, 1445 and 1800.


22/01/09 Both Caledonian Isles and Loch Shira were towed out of Garvel dry dock this morning and moved back into JWD next door.

Strong winds were causing problems again for a while today:
Tayinloan - Gigha: Raasay was off for a while this morning but appears to have been sailing for a while later on. The service was suspended again from 1230.
Kennacraig - Islay: Sailings today are yet again running to and from Port Askaig.
Ullapool - Stornoway: The freight run will not be running this evening.

21/01/09 Raasay is confirmed as sailing on the Tayinloan - Gigha route today, as the pictures below show. Loch Linnhe remains tied up at the overnight berth at the south pier on Gigha. This also means that Isle of Cumbrae is covering on the Tobermory - Kilchoan run at the moment.

Loch Ranza came out of Ardmaleish and made her way back to Rothesay to finish off her overhaul.

In the Western Isles meanwhile, Isle of Arran was once again diverted to Port Askaig this evening instead of Port Ellen.

Picture: Buff Funnels Forever (SoC Forum / Clydesights) Picture: Buff Funnels Forever (SoC Forum / Clydesights) Picture: Zak (SoC Crew / Daily Bute)
Raasay employed at Tayinloan today, and Loch Ranza making her way back to Rothesay


20/01/09 We believe Isle of Cumbrae is now running the sailings from Tobermory to Kilchoan and that Raasay is now covering on the Tayinloan - Gigha run. She should be able to get in at Tayinloan due to her having conventional propellers rather than Voith units protruding out beneath the hull, as Loch Linnhe does.

Not as many disruptions today - the only one being that the Islay sailing this evening is running to Port Askaig instead of Port Ellen once more.

19/01/09 WESTERN ISLES:
Tayinloan - Gigha:
This service was today being advertised as running to and from Kennacraig. Also, from tomorrow it is to run to a set timetable: 0800 and 1300 ex Gigha and 1000 and 1445 ex Kennacraig. Passenger numbers are restricted to 12.
Berneray - Leverburgh: Loch Portain returned to Berneray on her first sailing today. This was to be reviewed at 1000 with a view to possibly sailing later on.
Barra - Eriskay: There were no sailings on the Sound of Barra run this morning.

Loch Striven was called out for emergency purposes last night. She was brought into overnight service to convey emergency vehicles across to Raasay to deal with a fire at Raasay House.

18/01/09 Loch Tarbert retraced her steps as far as Rhubodach this morning and dropped off crew cars she had been carrying since Lochranza yesterday.

CLYDE:
Ardrossan - Brodick: Clansman
had her 1350 ex Brodick and 1515 ex Ardrossan cancelled, with a review due at 1600 regarding further sailings. In fact the 1640 sailing was diverted to Gourock and upon returning to Brodick, the ferry tied up for the night. Tomorrow's 0700 ex Ardrossan is therefore cancelled.

WESTERN ISLES:
Barra - Eriskay:
Another idle day for Loch Bhrusda with no sailings across the Sound of Barra due to the weather.
Oban - Barra - South Uist: Todays outward sailing and tomorrow's inward sailing have been cancelled due to the weather.
Oban - Tiree - Coll: Lord of the Isles successfully berthed at Tiree this morning, however she was only able to offload a handful of vehicles before being forced to vacate the berth by very high winds. She was unable to call at Coll and made direct for Oban.
Tayinloan - Gigha: Winter seaweed and sand build-up at Tayinloan today caused the Gigha service to be diverted to Kennacraig. Loch Linnhe sailed from Gigha at 1045 and returned from Kennacraig at 1330.
Fionnphort - Iona: The afternoon sailings across the Sound of Iona were cancelled by the weather.
Oban - Lismore: Sailings were cancelled from 1430 onwards this afternoon.
Kennacraig - Islay: Once again, Islay sailings were diverted to Port Askaig today. Hebridean Isles made her way back to Islay from Oban after spending last night at the North Pier. She called at Colonsay to offload traffic from Isle of Mull's aborted 1000 sailing on Friday.

Picture: Zak (SoC Crew / Daily Bute) Picture: Zak (SoC Crew / Daily Bute) Picture: G Pat Ile (SoC Forum)
Loch Tarbert at Rhubodach and Hebridean Isles back at Islay


17/01/09 No change in the weather today...

CLYDE:
Ardrossan - Brodick: Clansman
carried out her sailings until 1325 when she arrived at Brodick. Sailings were then cancelled for the remainder of the day.
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay: Argyle
saw her 1600 ex Rothesay cancelled. In fact there were no further sailings on the route after then. Argyle and Bute changed berths at 1635 following cessation of sailings.
Colintraive - Rhubodach:
Even Loch Dunvegan was forced off service from 1640 due to the winds.
Gourock - Dunoon:
 The 1620 and 1720 ex Gourock were both cancelled due to the wind and tides, however conditions didn't improve and all sailings thereafter were also off.

Picture: Buff Funnels Forever (SoC Forum / Clydesights)
Loch Riddon back at Tarbert

Tarbert - Portavadie / Lochranza: Despite successfully switching with Loch Tarbert at Lochranza this lunchtime, Loch Riddon was forced to miss her afternoon sailings to Portavadie. Loch Tarbert meanwhile made straight for Rothesay, omitting the usual call at Rhubodach to drop off crew cars.
Largs - Cumbrae Slip: Loch Alainn
was off duty from 1610 onwards today

WESTERN ISLES:
Tobermory - Kilchoan:
The 1530 ex Tobermory was cancelled due to the weather.
Barra - Eriskay: Loch Bhrusda didn't sail at all today due to conditions in the Sound of Barra.
Tayinloan - Gigha: There were no sailings from 1310 onwards this afternoon, as Loch Linnhe was forced off service.
Uig - Tarbert - Lochmaddy: Hebrides only sailed at 1145 today, from Lochmaddy to Tarbert. She didn't sail after that.
Fionnphort - Iona: Loch Buie was unable to sail this afternoon due to the swell in the Sound of Iona.
Kennacraig - Islay: Isle of Arran was stormbound a Port Askaig this afternoon; th 1530 to Kennacraig and 1800 back to the island being cancelled.
Ullapool - Stornoway: Isle of Lewis' afternoon sailing at 1430 ex Stornoway was cancelled.
Oban - Lismore: This afternoon's 1700 ex Oban an 1800 ex Lismore were both cancelled.
Oban - Craignure: Isle of Mull stayed in Oban this afternoon. The 1600 and 2145 ex Oban and 1700 ex Craignure were cancelled.
Lochaline - Fishnish: Loch Fyne completed her 1600 ex Lochaline and return and then cancelled her 1645 ex Lochaline and all sailings thereafter.
Berneray - Leverburgh: Traffic for the afternoon sailing across the Sound of Harris was carried by Hebrides at 1145. Loch Portain's 1405 ex Berneray was cancelled due to the weather.
Oban - Barra - South Uist: Lord of the Isles sailed from Barra via Tiree and Coll on the delayed inward leg of her sailing yesterday, after being stormbound at Castlebay overnight.
Sconser - Raasay: Loch Striven was unable to sail due to the weather this afternoon.

16/01/09 More wind and therefore more disruptions, details shown below:

CLYDE:
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay:
The 1510 ex Rothesay and 1600 ex Wemyss Bay were cancelled due to the weather.
Gourock - Dunoon: Jupiter
was off between 1515 and 1720 this afternoon.

WESTERN ISLES:
Oban - Barra - South Uist:
Lord of the Isles left Oban at 0600 this morning and carried out the outward leg of her special combined Coll/Tiree/Barra run but then became stormbound at Castlebay. She will sail back at 0800 tomorrow, again via Tiree and Coll.
Oban - Coll - Tiree: The rescheduled 1710 ex Tiree to Oban was cancelled as a result of the vessel being stuck at Barra.
Oban - Colonsay: Isle of Mull returned to Oban due to conditions making Colonsay inaccessible. Hebidean Isles will pick up traffic from Colonsay to Oban tomorrow, returning to Islay via Colonsay on Sunday morning.
Oban - Lismore: Isle of Cumbrae missed the 1700 ex Oban and 1800 ex Lismore due to the weather.
Uig - Tarbert / Lochmaddy: Hebrides sailed on an amended timetable today as follows: 0730 ex Lochmaddy to Uig, 0940 Uig - Lochmaddy, 1145 Lochmaddy - Tarbert - Uig, 1550 Uig - Tarbert - Lochmaddy.
Fionnphort - Iona: Loch Buie was off this afternoon due to weather and tidal conditions.
Kennacraig - Islay: all sailings were to and from Port Askaig today.
Ullapool - Stornoway: the afternoon sailing was delayed with a view to sailing at 1530. In the end this sailing was cancelled altogether

In other news now, Isle of Cumbrae was in charge of the Lismore run today, with Loch Riddon leaving Oban at 0640 for Campbeltown. Eigg arrived back in Oban at 1720 from Corpach where she has been undergoing repairs for the last few days.

15/01/09 After a quiet couple of days, the winds were back again today:

CLYDE:
Tarbert - Portavadie / Lochranza: Loch Tarbert
was subject to disruption throughout the day on the Tarbert - Portavadie run. Her 1515/1545 run was cancelled but she did however manage a sailing at 1615.
Gourock - Dunoon: Jupiter was off service between 1415 and 1620 due to a very high tide.
Ardrossan - Brodick: Clansman made her fourth visit to Gouruock in three days with the 1640 ex Brodick.

WESTERN ISLES:
Barra - Eriskay: Loch Bhrusda
had another enforced day off at the hands of the weather, with no sailings possible across the Sound of Barra.
Fionnphort - Iona & Tayinloan - Gigha: Iona and Gigha were once again cut off by the weather conditions preventing Loch Buie and Loch Linnhe, respectively, from sailing, however an attempt was made to get in at Tayinloan on the 1530 sailing, seaweed and sand permitting.
Islay services were operating to and from Port Askaig once more.
Oban - Lismore: With Loch Riddon on the scene in Oban, relieving for Eigg, it was her turn to become stormbound and Lismore again saw no sailings today.
Oban - Coll - Tiree: Lord of the Isles was unable to berth at Coll and returned straight to Oban. She will sail tomorrow, weather permitting to Barra via Coll and Tiree in a similar fashion to the summer Thursday sailings operated by Clansman.
Ullapool - Stornoway: Isle of Lewis became stormbound in Ullapool this morning and Loch Portain didn't sail at all. Hebrides was unusually also off for the whole day again.

14/01/09 Loch Riddon is confirmed as being in service on the Oban - Lismore route, as can be seen in these pictures below

Picture: Buff Funnels Forever (SoC Forum / Clydesights) Picture: Picture: Buff Funnels Forever (SoC Forum / Clydesights) Picture: Picture: Buff Funnels Forever (SoC Forum / Clydesights)
Loch Riddon in action on the Lismore run


12/01/09 Isle of Cumbrae left Rosneath today and after calling at Gourock began to make her way out to Oban. She is off to relieve the Eigg which is suffering technical problems and has been off the Lismore run for the last couple of days. Loch Riddon arrived in Oban this afternoon and took over the Lismore roster from 1400 and will continue until Isle of Cumbrae arrives on Wednesday.

The Oban - Craignure service was disrupted this afternoon. Lord of the Isles was unable to perform the 1600 ex Oban due to her relief sailing to Barra and back. She did call at Craignure on the way in to collect traffic for the 1700 sailing, while Isle of Mull carried out a delayed 1600 sailing from Oban at 1700, after her return from Colonsay.

11/01/09 Much the same today with more bad weather - here goes:

CLYDE:
Ardrossan - Brodick: Clansman's
1105 ex Brodick (she had berthed there overnight so the 0945 ex Ardrossan was off) was diverted to Gourock again today. As with yesterday, the 1640 also went northwards on departure from Brodick.
Tarbert - Lochranza: The sailing also didn't go today, with Loch Tarbert coming off duty at 1010.
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay: Following on from yesterday, the Polish twins were again sailing to and from Gourock throughout today.
Gourock - Dunoon: The 0920 ex Gourock sailed to Dunoon for passengers only and the service was then suspended until 1520.
Largs to Cumbrae sailings were again on and off through the day, however the planned vessel switch did take place, with Loch Alainn leaving Rothesay and making her way over to Largs to relieve Loch Shira, which in turn made for Gourock.

Picture: Andycam (SoC Forum) Picture: SoC Crew Picture: SoC Crew
A rough day on the Clyde!

WESTERN ISLES:
Barra - Eriskay:
Another easy day for Loch Bhrusda, as she she remained tied up at Ardmhor all day.
Oban - Barra - South Uist: Lord of the Isles missed her Outer Isles sailing this afternoon. A decision was due at 1300 regarding the next sailing. This will in fact be tomorrow morning at 0600 when she will sail for Barra only.
Oban - Lismore: There were no sailings at all on the Iona, Lismore and Gigha crossings. Lismore was again falling foul of Eigg's technical issues.
Lochaline - Fishnish: Loch Fyne was unusually off this morning, though she did manage to carry out her 1600 sailing.
Uig - Tarbert - Lochaddy: Hebrides
was off all day, as was Loch Portain on the Berneray - Leverburgh run.


10/01/09 More rough weather arrived on the scene today...well it is January after all!

CLYDE:
Ardrossan - Brodick: Caledonian Isles
was running approximately half an hour late with the 0945 ex Ardrossan. After arriving at Brodick she then loaded up and diverted her delayed 1105 sailing to Gourock, returning at 1420 from the more sheltered pier. The 1640 ex Brodick was also diverted to Gourock, though by this time Clansman had arrived to relieve the regular vessel. Caledonian Isles then followed her relief upriver and made for JWD.
Tarbert - Lochranza: Loch Tarbert didn't venture out to Lochranza today due to the weather.
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay: Argyle and Bute were diverted to Gourock today, the last sailing from the mainland being at 1715.
Gourock - Dunoon: Jupiter was stormbound at Gourock at various points throughout the day.
Largs - Cumbrae Slip: Loch Shira was subject to disruptions throughout the day, sometimes managing to sail, sometimes not.

WESTERN ISLES:
Barra - Eriskay: Loch Bhrusda
didn't sail on her first three rostered departures today - we are not sure if the 1710 sailed or not.
Oban - Coll - Tiree: Lord of the Isles didn't sail this morning, though weather permitting there should be a sailing tomorrow at 0600.
Uig - Tarbert / Lochmaddy: Hebrides was off until early afternoon, taking a delayed sailing from Lochmaddy at 1400 to Uig, via Tarbert.
Fionnphort - Iona: Loch Buie was welcomed back to her home station by being stormbound all day.
Kennacraig - Islay: Islay services were diverted once again to Port Askaig.
Ullapool - Stornoway: Isle of Lewis missed her morning run to Ullapool, with a review to take place at 1300 regarding the afternoon sailing. She did indeed sail in the afternoon, with an intended departure time of 1430 from Stornoway.
Oban to Lismore: Sailings were off today, but this was not due to the weather - Eigg instead deciding to develop technical problems.
Berneray - Leverburgh: Loch Portain's reason for missing her sailings was entirely down to the weather though and she didn't leave Otternish all day.
Sconser - Raasay: Loch Striven initially had her sailings cancelled from 0845 onwards, however a moderation in conditions led to an attempted sailing at 1530 to Sconser and back - the only sailing of the day.
Mallaig - Small Isle & Armadale: Lochnevis didn't leave Mallaig today, again due to the weather.

09/01/09 Rough weather in the Western Isles led to Loch Bhrusda's last sailing from Ardmhor to Eriskay being brought forward from 1710 to 1515.

Elsewhere, Loch Buie left Port Askaig this morning and returned to Fionnphort where she relieved Loch Riddon and took over the temporarily restricted Iona service. Loch Riddon then made her way round the north end of Mull and berthed at Tobermory.

08/01/09 Loch Buie left Campbeltown this morning and made it as far as Port Askaig, where she has tied up for the night.
Loch Dunvegan was off service again for a while today with water pump problems. Zak observed a white van on her car deck and a lot of hammering coming from onboard, indicating that work was in progress, while Loch Alainn tended to the Colintraive - Rhubodach service.

Picture: G Pat Ile (SoC Forum)
Loch Buie alongside on Islay


07/01/09 Loch Buie left Rosneath this morning as she starts her return journey to Iona. We believe part of the reason for her extended stay on the Clyde is due to the large vehicles being carried over to Iona to work on the slipway, which Loch Riddon's lack of car deck height restriction is better suited to carry. She is staying tonight at Campbeltown.
Jupiter missed several sailings this afternoon. Ali Cat was called in to take the 1420 sailing to Dunoon and back for passengers only, and Jupiter was then back on service from 1520.

05/01/09 Services on the Fionnphort - Iona crossing are restricted again until further notice due to ongoing slipway repairs. Loch Riddon will depart Fionnphort at 0845, 1215, 1445 and 1800, returning from Iona 15 minutes later. These are once again in addition to the request sailings earlier in the morning.

04/01/09 Loch Ranza moved round from the wires at Gourock and took her place at Ardmaleish today. She had to head up to Gourock a few days ago because there was no space at Rothesay; the inner berth being taken by Loch Alainn, which is in turn waiting for Loch Shira to go for her own overhaul in a few days' time.

03/01/09 Lord of the Isles spent today playing musical berths. Having spent last night at Oban's No1 berth, she had to move to No2 at 0720 so that Isle of Mull could get in. Later in the day she had to cross to Craignure to allow both Clansman and Isle of Mull in at Oban for the afternoon. The south berth at Craignure was unavailable, being taken by HM Customs vessel Seeker. Lord of the Isles then had to vacate the linkspan again at 1630 so that Isle of Mull could get in once more.

Picture: SoC Crew Picture: SoC Crew Picture: SoC Crew
Pictures from the SoC trip to Mull today, Isle of Mull, Loch Riddon and Raasay in service


02/01/09 It was Boxing Day all over again today with reduced timetables in effect once more for the bank holiday. Normal timetables will resume tomorrow.

01/01/09 Happy New Year to all from the SoC Team
We hope your hangovers haven't been too severe this fine, crisp morning. As with Christmas, there hasn't been any movement today and services will resume tomorrow. So with no news to report, why not have a look back at the last 12 months in our temporary feature here.

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