Highlands & Islands

CalMac ferry to 'switch on' Ullapool's Christmas lights

MV Loch Seaforth Image copyright Calmac
Image caption The MV Loch Seaforth ferries passengers between Ullapool and Stornoway

A Caledonian MacBrayne ferry is to "switch on" Ullapool's Christmas lights.

The MV Loch Seaforth's horn will be sounded as it leaves the village at 17:30 on Thursday, signalling the turning on of the lights.

Ullapool has not had a community Christmas lights display before.

The village's display has been organised by community group Ullapool Fire and Light Fund and will feature a Christmas tree created from creels.

Thursday's switch-on will also include lights appearing on yachts, dinghies and fishing boats in Ullapool harbour. The display has been funded by a grant and donations.

Image copyright Robert Hicks
Image caption Ullapool's creel tree

The creel tree stands about 16ft tall and has been constructed almost entirely of creels normally used for catching prawns or crabs.

A real Christmas tree has also been put up at the harbour's entrance.

The Loch Seaforth carries passengers between Ullapool and Stornoway on Lewis.

The ship's master John Gillies said: "We're more than delighted to be asked to be part of Ullapool's special lights switch on.

"We really feel part of Ullapool community - everyone was so supportive when we brought the Seaforth into service and have continued to play an important part - and we were absolutely honoured to be asked."