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Mallaig - Lochboisdale

One or more sailings are disrupted

Service updates

Monday 30th April until further notice

Due to the overrun of essential vessel repairs, resulting in the redeployment of vessels on our network, there will be no service between Lochboisdale and Mallaig. Sailings will operate to and from Oban as follows:

Monday – Friday

Depart Lochboisdale 0830 (check-in 0745)
Arrive Oban 1400
Depart Oban 1430 (check-in 1345)
Arrive Lochboisdale 2000

Saturday 26th May

The 0830 departing Lochboisdale will operate to timetable.

The 1430 departing Oban is cancelled, alternative route via Barra.

In order to get all traffic back to Barra to allow a connection to South Uist MV Isle of Lewis will depart Castlebay early.

Depart Castlebay 06:15 ( 1 hour 40 minutes early)
Arrive Oban 11:00
Depart Oban 11:50 (1 hour 40 minutes early)
Arrive Castlebay 16:35

Any Uist traffic can go via Sound of Barra on the 17:30 departing Ardmhor (Barra)

Sunday 27th May

MV Hebridean Isles sailing Lochboisdale-Oban at 08:30 has been cancelled and an alternative route is available via Barra, the Sound of Barra Sunday morning request sailing will operate at 08:10 from Eriskay.

Please see amended timetable below:

Depart Castlebay 10:00 (Delayed 07:55)
Arrive Oban 14:45
Depart Oban 15:15 (Delayed 13:30)
Arrive Castlebay 20:00

The 1430 sailing departing Oban - Lochboisdale will operate to timetable.

To minimise the impact on our customers this amended timetable allows us to maintain as many scheduled crossings as possible, and meet peak periods of demand.

We are making every effort to return to our normal timetable and scheduled service by 23rd May.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to you and your travel plans.

If you are affected by these changes you may be entitled to make a claim under EU Passenger Rights. You can find more information regarding this here.

From Friday 1st until Tuesday 12th June

Due to essential part replacement on MV Clansman, the Mallaig to Lochboisdale service will not operate between the 1st and 12th of June 2018. 

Extra sailings have been organised on the Barra to Eriskay route enabling passengers to travel to South Uist via Oban-Castlebay on the same day.

Our customer services team will be in touch with all affected customers once all amended timetables are confirmed. This process will take some time and our customer services team will be prioritising customers in order of day of travel. 

We would like to thank our customers in advance for their patience whilst we work through all the affected reservations. 

We will be in touch with all customers as soon as possible.

Customers requiring transport should contact the Lochboisdale or Castlebay office prior to travel

Reason: operational

Last Updated: 21 May 2018 05:29

Supplementary information

To accommodate the extra demand on sailings between Barra - Eriskay we can confirm additional sailings on Saturday 5, 12, 19 and 26 May.

These sailings provide additional capacity to help accommodate the transfer of customers originally booked on the Mallaig - Lochboisdale sailings, but who are now diverted via Oban. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The details of the additional sailings are below and are now open for bookings.

Saturday 5th/12th/19th/26th

Departing Barra at 19:20
Arriving Eriskay at 20:00
Departing Eriskay at 20:10
Arriving Barra at 20:50

There will be a bus service operating between Castlebay and Ardmhor to allow foot passengers and cyclists to meet the onward connection.

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