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 DATE  NEWS
29/02/08 Lots of disruptions again today. For the full details, click HERE for the list on the Forum.

Isle of Arran left Port Askaig this morning after her run from Kennacraig, bound for Craignure and overnight shelter. She arrived during a very stormy spell and circled in the bay several times before managing to get alongside.
PICTURE: SoC Crew
Isle of Arran approaching Mull...
PICTURE: SoC Crew
...and alongside at Craignure
Loch Bhrusda is now back at Rothesay's inner berth, having finished her overhaul at Ardmaleish

28/02/08 CLYDE:
Argyle
was out and about on trials this afternoon. She ventured down to Rothesay and was caught on camera together with Bute and Coruisk which happened to be keeping themselves busy in service.
Isle of Cumbrae was also on the move today, having left Rothesay this morning for Gourock (1150-1200) and then Rosneath for lay up.

27/02/08 CLYDE:
Loch Fyne
was out on trials this afternoon. She went from JWD down to Gourock before returning later in the day.

WESTERN ISLES:
Lord of the Isles
undertook an additional sailing to Barra following recent cancellations. She also conveyed traffic for the 1600 service to Craignure, discharging and then leaving Mull for Barra shortly before 1700. Isle of Mull in the meantime diverted the return leg of her Colonsay sailing to Craignure where she picked up Oban-bound traffic and then left on what formed the delayed 1700 ex Craignure.

26/02/08 Only the Lewis Freight and the Lismore routes were unaffected by disruptions today. For full details, see the Service Disruptions page for today on our Forum - click HERE

25/02/08 More bad weather today - services right across the west coast are affected to varying degrees. Rather than just listing the full details here, follow this link to our Forum and the special section on there dedicated to reporting disruptions.

23/02/08 WESTERN ISLES
Clansman
is now in place as the relief vessel on the Uig - Tarbert / Lochmaddy service. As mentioned below, Hebrides is also providing a relief service this afternoon, albeit further south.

Oban - Barra - S. Uist (Lord of the Isles)
This afternoon's relief sailing is now cancelled, although an additional sailing from Castlebay to Oban will be carried out by Hebrides this evening. Hebrides is currently making her way to Greenock for her annual overhaul. The extra sailing is expected to leave Barra approx 1730. On arrival at Oban, Hebrides will discharge and then sail via the Sound of Islay overnight.

Barra - Eriskay (Loch Tarbert)
Sailings cancelled this morning - to be reviewed at lunchtime

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie)
Sailings suspended this morning and to be reviewed at around 1100

Sconser - Raasay (Loch Striven)
Service operating on a sailing-by-sailing basis

22/02/08 CLYDE
Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles)
0820 and 1350 ex Brodick and 0945 and 1515 ex Ardrossan cancelled. 1105 ex Brodick sailed although berthing at Ardrossan was not guaranteed

Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (Bute, Coruisk)
Service liable to disruption due to the weather today. Sailings were diverted to Gourock this afternoon

Colintraive - Rhubodach (Loch Dunvegan)
Service liable to disruption today

WESTERN ISLES
Barra - Eriskay (Loch Tarbert)
Service cancelled all morning. Reviewed at 1200.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Ranza)
Service suspended as of 0655 - to be reviewed later

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie)
Service suspended as of 0800 - to be reviewed at 1000

Kennacraig - Islay (Hebridean Isles)
0700 sailing diverted to Port Askaig due to the weather

Berneray - Leverburgh (Loch Portain)
First sailing delayed by almost 90 minutes. Further sailings to be reviewed.

Mallaig - Armadale (Lochnevis)
0840 ex Mallaig cancelled. Afternoon sailing to be reviewed at 1500

Mallaig - Small Isles (Lochnevis)
Today's sailing is cancelled

Oban - Craignure (Isle of Mull)
Sailings disrupted this morning, with the vessel remaining alongside at Craignure until 1100. 1800 ex Oban and 1900 ex Craignure also cancelled

Oban - Colonsay (Isle of Mull)
Sailing cancelled for today. Next sailing as per schedule on Monday at 1200

21/02/08 Clansman left Birkenhead around 0930 this morning and is bound for Uig. She will be relieving Hebrides on the Uig services, while the latter heads away for her own overhaul - due 25th or 26th February. She was passing out of the Irish Sea at 1845 as she passed the Mull of Galloway.

Elsewhere in the network the weather has turned and there have been the following disruptions:

WESTERN ISLES
Oban - Barra - S. Uist (Lord of the Isles)
Service cancelled for today. Next sailing will depart Oban 1530 on Saturday, heading for Barra (2050) and Lochboisdale (2255). The vessel will then return to Oban via Barra on Sunday morning in time to take the scheduled sailing back to the Outer Isles in the afternoon.

Kennacraig - Islay (Isle of Arran)
Due to technical problems with the vessel, the 0945 ex Kennacraig and 1400 ex Islay are cancelled. The vessel sailed as scheduled at 1720 ex Kennacraig

Lochaline - Fishnish (Loch Alainn)
The service was suspended for a good part of the day

Ullapool - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis)
The 1345 ex Stornoway and 1715 ex Ullapool were cancelled

Ullapool - Stornoway (Muirneag)
Overnight sailing cancelled

Mallaig - Small Isles (Lochnevis)
Sailing cancelled for today

Mallaig - Armadale (Lochnevis)
Afternoon sailing cancelled

Sconser - Raasay (Loch Striven)
1000 ex Raasay and 1030 ex Sconser cancelled. All remaining sailings operating on a sailing-by-sailing basis

Barra - Eriskay (Loch Tarbert)
Service cancelled for today

Berneray - Leverburgh (Loch Portain)
Sailings cancelled for today.

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie)
Service suspended from mid-afternoon onwards

CLYDE
Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles)
The vessel will berth in Brodick overnight tonight. As a result the 0700 ex Ardrossan tomorrow is cancelled.

20/02/08 Isle of Cumbrae was out and about again today on the Upper Clyde. She was spotted passing Toward Point and looked to be heading for the Kyles of Bute. She was, however, back at the inner berth at Rothesay this evening

 

PICTURE: Buff Funnels Forever (SoC Forum / Clydesights)
Isle of Cumbrae off Toward


19/02/08 Isle of Cumbrae was out on trials in the Kyles of Bute today. She made it nearly as far as Rhubodach before testing her inflatable liferaft and then headed for Gourock and an overnight berth.

 
PICTURE: Saturn (Daily Bute / SoC Forum)
Isle of Cumbrae in the Kyles
PICTURE: Saturn (Daily Bute / SoC Forum)
Loch Dunvegan the other way round
Loch Dunvegan was spotted sailing the opposite way round to normal today, berthing stern-first at Rhubodach and bow-first at Colintraive

18/02/08 Loch Bhrusda is now noted as being on the slip at Ardmaleish alongside Isle of Cumbrae.

It appears to be a case of 'Fog on the Clyde' today as the Loch Riddon was fogbound at Tarbert this lunchtime and was unable to sail to Lochranza. Loch Dunvegan is also reported to be affected, along with Bute and Coruisk. The current situation (1355) shows Coruisk running approx 20 minutes late and Bute around 10 late.

 

PICTURE: Saturn (Daily Bute / SoC Forum)
Loch Bhrusda at Ardmaleish


16/02/08 There was a convoy heading for Port Ellen this morning. Hebridean Isles sailed an normal at 0700, with Isle of Arran following close behind. The recently overhauled Isle of Arran waited outside Port Ellen bay while her fleetmate discharged and reloaded, before berthing at 1010 after the other vessel had sailed for Kennacraig. PICTURE: SoC Crew
IoA and Heb Isles off Port Ellen

15/02/08 Isle of Arran took advantage of the glorious weather today and diverted via the Skye Bridge, Kylerhea narrows and the Sound of Sleat, following in the wake of Lochnevis from Mallaig to Muck. She was spotted by SoC off Eigg at around 1215. She then passed Craignure at 1430, just ahead of Lord of the Isles and arrived back at Kennacraig at around 1930.

 

PICTURE: Darkstar, SoC Crew
Isle of Arran passing Lochnevis at Eigg

PICTURE: Darkstar, SoC Crew
IoA passing Eigg and heading for the Sound of Mull


14/02/08 Isle of Arran left Aberdeen today after completing sea trials. She will now make her way back to Islay ready to resume the two-ship service with consort Hebridean Isles. She is due to resume with the 0945 ex Port Ellen on Sunday morning.

Loch Tarbert has reached Barra and has taken over the service to Eriskay, allowing Loch Bhrusda to head down to the Clyde for her overhaul.

13/02/08 Clansman has been moved out of dry dock on the Mersey and is now in wet dock while her overhaul is completed.

12/02/08 CLYDE:
Argyle
was moved back into JWD following her overhaul.

WESTERN ISLES:
Raasay
left her relief stint on the Gigha run this morning and made her way back up to Oban where she will lie until taking over from Eigg on the Lismore run.

11/02/08 Loch Fyne left Kennacraig this morning and rounded the Mull of Kintyre. She arrived at Largs in glorious sunshine at 1645 and unloaded crew cars before tying up on the outside face of the pier. Her route took her up the east side of Arran during the course of this afternoon, as opposed to the preferred route of the smaller Lochs, via the Kilbrannan Sound PICTURE: Andycam (SoC Forum) Loch Fyne off Largs... PICTURE: Andycam (SoC Forum)
...and passing Loch Shira
She will head for Garvel tomorrow and is due to enter the dry dock with Bute at 1300.

10/02/08 Loch Fyne sailed from Mull at 0800 this morning. She headed via the Sound of Jura to Kennacraig, arriving at around 1630. She will make for the Clyde tomorrow.

Loch Tarbert left Lochaline early this morning and headed out past Ardnamurchan on the way to Barra, however a technical problem saw her return to Lochaline. She will make another attempt to get to Barra within 36 hours. Loch Alainn was also reported to be suffering a slight problem on the Lochaline - Fishnish run this morning, however this appears to have been fixed by the 1600 ex Lochaline.

Lord of the Isles carried out an additional sailing at 0900 to Colonsay in lieu of Friday's cancelled 1000 sailing by Isle of Mull.

09/02/08 Loch Tarbert, having moved to Campbeltown in the last few days, set off from the Kintyre harbour at 0930 this morning. She proceeded via the Sound of Jura and berthed at Lochaline west pier at 2130 this evening.

Loch Portain was delayed on her first sailing by about 35 minutes this morning

08/02/08 CLYDE:
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (Bute, Coruisk)
Service is resumed on this route following the end of crippling strike action, however services were diverted to Gourock this morning due to the weather.

Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles)
0700 ex Ardrossan ran late and then the 0820 ex Brodick and 0945 ex Ardrossan were cancelled altogether

WESTERN ISLES:
Barra - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda)
First return sailing was cancelled due to the weather

PICTURE: Andycam (SoC Forum)
Coruisk heading from Gourock to Rothesay


Oban - Barra - S. Uist (Lord of the Isles)
The vessel left Lochboisdale 4 hours later today due to the weather

Oban - Colonsay (Isle of Mull)
No service today. Lord of the Isles will carry out an extra sailing on Sunday at 0900.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Ranza)
Service was suspended due to the weather

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie)
Service was off this morning but was reported to be back on as of 1315.

Ullapool - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis)
Morning sailing was cancelled. The 1345 ex Stornoway left 15 minutes late

Ullapool - Stornoway Freight (Muirneag)
Tonight's sailing is cancelled

Oban - Lismore (Eigg)
The 0845 ex Oban was unable to berth at Lismore slipway and was forced to return to Oban. The 1445 was however successful.

Berneray - Leverburgh (Loch Portain)
First two sailings were cancelled this morning

Sconser - Raasay (Loch Striven)
All morning sailings and the 1230/1315 were cancelled. Service resumed thereafter.

Mallaig - Armadale (Lochnevis)
Morning sailing cancelled. Afternoon sailing to be reviewed

Mallaig - Small Isles (Lochnevis)
Sailing cancelled today

Kennacraig - Islay (Hebridean Isles)
The 0700 ex Kennacraig was diverted to Port Askaig

06/02/08 Loch Alainn relieved Loch Fyne on the Lochaline - Fishnish run this morning. The latter left Lochaline at 0945 and made for Craignure (arriving 1020) while Loch Alainn settled in to her latest relief duty. Ironically this was of course the route for which she was originally intended...though we all know what happened 11 years ago! PICTURE: Darkstar, SoC Crew
Loch Fyne with Loch Alainn at Fishnish...
PICTURE: Darkstar, SoC Crew
...and joined by Isle of Mull at Craignure

05/02/08 Coruisk and Argyle were playing musical berths today. The former was required to vacate JWD to allow room for other vessels emerging from Garvel. She moved to the wires while Argyle was displaced to Custom House Quay in Greenock. Coruisk should of course be in service running to Bute but is being prevented from doing so by the Council strike by Argyll and Bute staff.

PICTURE: Buff Funnels Forever (Clydesights / SoC Forum)
Coruisk leaving JWD

PICTURE: Buff Funnels Forever (Clydesights / SoC Forum)
Argyle at CHQ


04/02/08 CLYDE:
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (Bute, Coruisk)
Due to yet more strikes by Argyll and Bute pier staff, there will be no sailings on this service today, tomorrow, Wednesday or Thursday. ALL traffic for Bute must use the Colintraive - Rhubodach route.

Gourock - Dunoon (Jupiter)
Sailings crunning approx 30 minutes late

Loch Tarbert was put back in the water after finishing her overhaul at Ardmaleish today. The photo right shows this process, with Isle of Cumbrae still on the slip and receiving a thorough paint job. Loch Tarbert was unable to proceed to Rothesay as she normally would, due to the pier strike mentioned above. Instead she moved to Gourock and berthed at the wires, along from Argyle.
 

PICTURE: Buff Funnels Forever (SoC Forum)
Loch Tarbert at Ardmaleish

WESTERN ISLES:
Barra - Eriskay (Loch Bhrusda)
First sailing cancelled this morning.

Oban - Barra - S. Uist (Lord of the Isles)
Vessel left Lochboisdale 70 minutes late due to the weather. After leaving Castlebay, Lord of the Isles is then reported to have sailed in the shelter of Canna and was reported to be running 3 hours late.

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie)
The 0610 ex Iona was cancelled this morning due to technical reasons
Updated: Service suspended as of 1050. Will be reviewed at 1200

Updated again: Last sailing for today was at 1615

Berneray - Leverburgh (Loch Portain)
0725 ex Berneray was delayed until 0845. Normal service resumed on return to Berneray at 1100.

Sconser - Raasay (Loch Striven)
0800 ex Raasay and 0830 ex Sconser were cancelled due to the weather. Service today is operating on a sailing by sailing basis.

Oban - Colonsay (Isle of Mull)
Sailing is cancelled today due to the weather. Next sailing will be 1200 on Wednesday as per timetable.

Oban - Craignure (Isle of Mull)
1600 ex Oban will depart 70 minutes late due to technical problems and weather-related delays. Departure from Craignure expected to be at 1800.

Ullapool - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis)
1030 ex Ullapool and 1345 ex Stornoway cancelled. Vessel will return to timetable at 1715 with departure from Ullapool as normal.
 
03/02/08 Loch Alainn has arrived at Craignure where she will berth overnight. She is expected to go up to Lochaline and Fishnish for trials tomorrow. It is believed at this time that Loch Fyne will leave for the Clyde on Tuesday sometime.

CLYDE:
Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles)
Vessel diverted to Gourock with the delayed 1350 ex Brodick. The 1515 and 1800 ex Ardrossan, as well as the 1640 ex Brodick being cancelled as a result.
Updated: 1920 ex Brodick cancelled. Weather permitting there will be an extra sailing at 0530 tomorrow.
 
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (Bute)
Vessel was diverted to Gourock with the 0800 ex Rothesay. Sailings to Wemyss Bay resumed on a single-ship basis with the 1345 ex Rothesay.
Updated: Service suspended at 1800

Gourock - Dunoon (Jupiter)
Vessel was stormbound at Gourock and missed the 0920 and 1020 ex Gourock

Largs - Cumbrae Slip (Loch Shira)
The vessel remained at Fairlie until early afternoon to avoid the weather. Service to Cumbrae resumed at 1445 and was on a sailing by sailing basis.
Updated: Last sailing was at 1900

Tarbert - Portavadie (Loch Riddon)
1715 ex Tarbert and 1745 ex Portavadie were cancelled

Colintraive - Rhubodach (Loch Dunvegan)
Sailings were cancelled from 1800
 

PICTURE: John Newth (www.clydesights.com))
Bute returning from Gourock

 PICTURE: Saturn (SoC Forum / Daily Bute)
Loch Dunvegan off service

WESTERN ISLES:
Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Ranza)
Services from tomorrow will be operating to and from Kennacraig until further notice. Departures from Gigha 0730, 1130 and 1500, returning from Kennacraig at 0915, 1315 and 1635. Bookings are essential for this service. Contact Kennacraig office for more info.

Sconser - Raasay (Loch Striven)
Morning sailings cancelled.

Kennacraig - Islay (Hebridean Isles)
Vessel running late on the sailing to Port Askaig this afternoon. Arrived on Islay 1550 and left at 1630. The 1800 ex Kennacraig is cancelled, as is tomorrow's 0415 inward sailing.
 
02/02/08 CLYDE:
Coruisk
appeared in Rothesay today after returning from King George V dock in Glasgow. She undertook berthing trials at both Wemyss Bay and Rothesay before heading back up to JWD for the night. She is expected to re-enter service with the 1215 ex Rothesay tomorrow, while Argyle is away for her first overhaul.

PICTURE: Saturn (SoC Forum / Daily Bute)
Bute in the snow

PICTURE: Saturn (SoC Forum / Daily Bute)
Coruisk in Rothesay

 
01/02/08 CLYDE:
Loch Shira
left JWD earlier this morning and made her way down the Clyde to Largs, where she resumed service to Cumbrae at 1215. Loch Alainn left Largs at around 1230 and is making her way via the Kilbrannan Sound to Campbeltown for an overnight berth.

Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (Argyle, Bute)
Due to strike action by Argyll and Bute Council staff, no sailings to Rothesay will operate today. This is due to be repeated on Monday as well.

PICTURE: Stuart McLean
Argyle, Loch Shira and Jupiter at Gourock

Ardrossan - Brodick (Caledonian Isles)
The vessel is still stormbound in Brodick this morning. All services up to 1300 are cancelled and a decision is due at 1345 regarding running a delayed 1350 sailing.
Updated: Caledonian Isles finally left Brodick at 1510 bound for Ardrossan

Gourock - Dunoon (Jupiter)
The vessel is basically running a reverse timetable at present (1320). Due to volume of traffic and weather conditions she is running 30 minutes late which sees her leaving Dunoon at xx20, when she would normally be leaving Gourock.

WESTERN ISLES:
Oban - Barra - S. Uist (Lord of the Isles)
Yesterday's sailing, postponed to this morning, left Oban at 1110 and will sail to Barra only. The next service to Lochboisdale will be as per timetable on Sunday.

Oban - Colonsay (Isle of Mull)
The service is cancelled for today. The next sailing will be at 1400 tomorrow on Isle of Mull. We therefore expect Lord of the Isles to sail to Mull with the 1600 after returning from Coll and Tiree.

Kennacraig - Islay (Hebridean Isles)
The vessel was over an hour late this morning due to weather conditions and volume of traffic. She left Islay at 1100 on a delayed 0945 inward sailing.

Tayinloan - Gigha (Loch Ranza)
Service suspended for the day

Fionnphort - Iona (Loch Buie)
Service suspended and to be reviewed at 1300.
Updated: Last sailing of the day will be at 1615

Ullapool - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis)
The 1030 ex Ullapool is running approx 2.5 hrs late. Loading commenced at 1245 with the vessel due to sail as soon as boarding was completed. Once back in Stornoway she will remain there overnight as the 1345 ex Stornoway and 1715 ex Ullapool are cancelled.

Ullapool - Stornoway (Muirneag)
A decision will be made later this afternoon regarding tonight's sailing
Updated: Muirneag will not be sailing tonight

Berneray - Leverburgh (Loch Portain)
The 0800 ex Berneray has been put back to 1130, with the 0920 ex Leverburgh put back to 1230. Normal timetable will resume upon return to Berneray.

Mallaig - Small Isles (Lochnevis)
The service to Eigg and Muck has been cancelled for today.
 
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