The arrival of Storm Conor, forecast to make an appearance on Boxing Day, is an unwelcome
piece of news for travellers.
Cal Mac said it is working hard to identify weather windows across its network to
maintain operations where safe to do so.
Although the heart of the storm is forecast to be at its worst in the far north west
of Scotland, high winds and difficult sea states are likely to be felt right across
the west coast.
CalMac's operations director, Drew Collier, said: "There is no doubt
that Storm Barbara has made her presence firmly felt," said.
"But we were able to react rapidly to all weather windows presented, which allowed
many people, particularly in the southern area of the network, to continue with some
semblance of normality as they approached the festive period.
"We continue to work
tirelessly to ensure that services are maintained wherever possible and safe to do
so. We are also in touch with communities to listen to any concerns they may have
and formulate appropriate contingencies for them. Passengers should continue to constantly
monitor our service updates.
"It has been a very difficult lead in to the Christmas
holidays for our customers and staff and I would like to thank them for their patience
and understanding - we cannot control the weather, but we will always do whatever
we can to safely deliver services as opportunities present themselves."
Cal Mac warn of Boxing Day disruptions
24 December 2016
Disruption to Cal Mac ferry routes across the network continues, as the tail end
of Storm Barbara tracks its way across Scotland's west coast, but there has been
resumption of services in many areas today.
All Western Isles ferries were cancelled on Friday but a partial lull on Saturday
- as the swell goes down and wind strengths decrease - has allowed some ferries to
Planning is already well underway for the remainder of the festive weekend and bank
holiday on Monday.