Highlands & Islands

Weather delays trial of Lochboisdale to Mallaig ferry

View from Calmac ferry
Image caption The ferry will offer an alternative to sailings from Oban to Lochboisdale

Bad weather has delayed the start of a trial ferry service between Lochboisdale on South Uist and Mallaig on the mainland.

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne had been due to make the first sailing on Tuesday.

The route, axed in the 1990s, is a shorter crossing than is offered on the current Lochboisdale to Oban sailing.

The three-year trial is to run on Tuesdays and Saturdays over the winter season between November and April.

The Scottish government announced details of the pilot scheme in September.

The Missing Link Campaign Group and Hebrides Range Task Force, which involves Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, had been calling for the resumption of the service.

In a statement, CalMac said: "We share everyone's disappointment that the service has been cancelled but we must put the safety of passengers and crew first."

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