West coast ferry operator CalMac has issued a weather warning in the face of Storm Caroline hitting its area of operations tomorrow (December 7). It is likely that severe disruption will affect a significant number of routes and several sailings have already been cancelled as winds of up to 80mph have been forecast. Tomorrow mornings Islay sailings have already been cancelled and it's likely that the remaining sailings will be cancelled as well. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning "be aware" warning for Scotland between 08:00 and 23:55 on Thursday.
CalMac’s Commercial Director Graeme Macfarlan said: "With Storm Caroline expected to see winds gusting to 70 mph across the north of Scotland tomorrow disruption to ferry services is a high possibility. We would urge passengers who need to travel, to allow extra time for their journey and to keep track of the status of their sailing on the website before setting out on their journey.
With the beginning of the stormy season we'd like to point out our comprehensive article in which we cover everything you need to know about ferry cancellations, how to stay up to date on disruptions and what your rights as passenger are. For more info visit our article How to Check if your Ferry to Islay is Sailing