Contact newsdesk on:

Classified adverts   I   Jobs                               

Small Ads & Local Services   


Hebrides News




We are now coming into day three of being cut off from the rest of the Western Isles without an operational Sound of Barra ferry. Without an inter island air service as an alternative, businesses are facing a two hour journey between Lochboisdale and Castlebay, when weather allows this relief service to run.

Following an important meeting in Barra, council and health board officials are facing long convoluted journeys to return to Stornoway, by air via Glasgow, or by sea via Lochboisdale or Oban

This is the impact of having no alternative service by air from Barra to Benbecula and Cal Mac having no relief ferry available to provide cover for the Sound of Barra.

The success of the Sound of Barra service makes the impact of its withdrawal more severe impacting on businesses, residents and officials in the course of their day to day work.

As I write this there is no indication of a ferry coming back onto the Sound of Barra service before Friday at the earliest. That is not acceptable for a public transport service.

Jessie M MacNeil


Letter: Cut off from rest of Western Isles   

7 March 2018