I'm not making a habit of putting the weather forecast or weather warnings in a blog post but in this particular case things are perhaps a bit different. An area of very low pressure is passing over Scotland and this will cause severe gales, that is why the Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for Thursday and Friday morning. So if you're heading to or from Islay in the next days you might want to read on. These types of weather will very likely cause disrupted ferries and planes.
The weather warning was issued at - 07 Dec 2011, 11:41 and is valid from 08 Dec 2011, 10:00 to 09 Dec 2011, 06:00: Winds will increase during Thursday morning with severe gales developing across many northern and central parts of the UK, and some particularly damaging storm force winds likely to affect parts of the north, including some major population centres in Scotland.
The risk of disruption is considered highest across central and southern Scotland where the police are advising that conditions for travel will be extremely poor and that travellers are likely to experience significant delays. Winds should tend to ease from the west on Thursday night with the severe gales becoming confined to NE Scotland by the early hours of Friday. Heavy rain and hill snow are additional hazards that will accompany the gales (see our snow warnings for details). For information on ferry disruptions check out the Calmac Website