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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 sail.

Planning is already well underway for the remainder of the festive weekend and bank holiday on Monday.