Following the significant disruption in ferry services endured on Barra and Vatersay
recently seeing the regular Sound of Barra ferry Loch Alainn crossing the Minch today
(Saturday) to take up station is a welcome sight.
The stand-in vessel Loch Linnhe has served the route very well, completing the crossing
in some difficult conditions.
It is disappointing that our requests for additional sailings to off-set the smaller
vessel's capacity constraints have been ignored. This would have gone a long way
to alleviating the disruption to travel and commerce experienced.
The disruption to
mainland (Oban) services continues to cause distress and economic hardship. Following
a trail of service cancellations and consequent loss of goods, we now learn that
the much anticipated service from Oban to Castlebay today (Saturday) has also been
There are vessels that can be seen to be available to enable this
service to be provided. Given the significant recent disruption an explanation is