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Oban (OBA) - Castlebay (CAS)

One or more sailings are disrupted

Service updates

Monday 26 April to Monday 17 May*

MV Lord of the Isles will operate a combined Lochboisdale and Castlebay service that can be found here

The change to this service is in response to a major failure of the port engine with MV Loch Seaforth operating the Ullapool – Stornoway route. Specialist engineers working on the MV Loch Seaforth have advised that they expect her to back in service by 17 May at the earliest. (*This date is subject to change and we will continue to keep our customers updated throughout.)

We know and understand the reduction of any service can be very challenging for our customers and the communities we serve, and we apologise for the inconvenience this will cause.

We’ll keep customers updated throughout. If you’ve not already done so, download our app or follow our Twitter @CalMac_Updates so we can provide you with timely updates, with the latest information we have available. Alternatively, you can also sign up to our service status text updates.

Reason: operational

Supplementary information

Last Updated: 11 May 2021 05:20

Tuesday 18th May - 17th October

Following consultation with the Barra Community, the timetable for Summer 2021 season has been amended. Please see timetable here

Please note we are in the process of contacting all customers with an existing booking and will be in touch shortly

MV Lord of The Isles Passenger Lift

The previous technical issue on the passenger lift onboard the Lord of the Isles has now been fixed. 

Travel Information

From 26 April, the remaining Scottish Government travel restrictions within Scotland will be lifted. Read our customer update to find out more.

When you are travelling, it is very important that you follow all our safety protocols, including maintaining strict physical distance.

Payment InformationDue to Covid-19 restrictions, we are not accepting cash payment for ticket transactions. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Apple, Google or Samsung Pay. If you need assistance, please speak with a member of staff.

- Please follow updated advice on how to travel safely.

Port Opening Hours – We are operating reduced opening hours at some of our Ports. Check before you travel.

Food and Drink - From 26 April, we'll be increasing the food & drink options on offer to our customers. Find out what will be available on this route here.

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