Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil has written to Martin Dorchester, Managing Director of Caledonian MacBrayne to ask for clarification surrounding the Sound of Harris ferry.

Mr MacNeil has been contacted by a constituent who has been unable to make a booking on the Sound of Harris route from Saturday 13 June.

Commenting Mr MacNeil said:

“CalMac are currently not accepting bookings for the Berneray to Leverburgh route, having checked the CalMac website, all sailings on the Sound of Harris route are listed as ‘not available’ from Saturday 13 June.

“No other information is given on the website, however, I have been told that this may be due to a temporary change in vessel, in the meantime people are being left ‘high and dry’.

“This route is often subject to tidal restrictions which reduces the number of sailings, CalMac need to clarify why they are not accepting bookings and they must also ensure that any changes to the vessel does not lead to a further reduction in the carrying capacity.

“I am also writing to MCA to ask if they have added further restrictions to the Sound of Harris and if so why.”