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Uig Harbour Closure

Uig Harbour Closure

Last updated: 30 November 2023

Temporary closure of Uig Harbour - 30 October to 16 December 2023 

The Highland Council has confirmed that Uig Harbour is now scheduled to reopen on 16 December 2023 as opposed to Monday 11 December, following delays they have experienced to critical infrastructure works.  

This means that services between Uig - Tarbert/Lochmaddy cannot resume until 16 December at the earliest. Berthing trials will take place from 14 December.  Please be assured that alternative travel options, outlined below, will remain in place during this period to limit disruption and support customers and communities in the lead up to the busy festive period. 

Our systems are currently being updated - thank you for your patience while we do this. We will be in contact with customers who have affected bookings to provide support.  

While there was always a risk to the project timeline due to weather, we understand many of our service users will find the delayed reopening disappointing.  The team at Caledonian MacBrayne will continue to work closely with Highland Council to understand progress on the project - we are aware that dates can always change, and we will be ready to support customers should that occur.  

Current timetables and services up to 15 December are outlined below. Our dedicated web pages below are avaiable to help you plan around the closure - it includes details on travel options (summarised below), information on reservations, retrospective refund process and shuttle buses

Summary of alternative travel options 

While Uig Harbour is closed for works by The Highland Council, the alternative travel options and service continuity plan will include:  

  • One return sailing will operate each day between Ullapool-Lochmaddy, with an extended passage time of 4h 30m.
    View the temporary Ullapool-Lochmaddy timetable

  • Sailings between Lochboisdale-Mallaig/Oban will increase with one return sailing, between 30 October - 5 November and 30 November - 11 December, six days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday) and two return sailings on a Saturday.
    View the Lochboisdale-Mallaig/Oban timetable.

  • While there will be no service between Ullapool-Tarbert, Tarbert traffic will be redirected to Ullapool-Stornoway.
    View the Ullapool-Stornoway timetable.  

  • A contingency for Sound of Harris service remains in place.

  • The additional request sailing between Berneray-Leverburgh departing 10.35 from Berneray and 11.45 from Leverburgh will now not operate however the service from Tarbert-Lochmaddy remains in place. The latest details on the service betweenTarbert-Lochmaddy is available on our timetable page.

  • Shuttle buses will transport passengers between Tarbert-Stornoway/Uig-Ullapool where required. View the shuttle bus timetables.

Where to find more information to help you plan ahead  

Dedicated web page 

As mentioned above, our dedicated web page is available here to provide information on bookings, retrospective refund process, shuttle buses and alternative transport information - as well as answers to your questions in our FAQs below. 

If you plan to travel - stay in touch  

If you are planning to travel around this time on the alternative routes, we strongly advise you stay in touch with us, especially at the time of year, by checking our service status and information pages on our website, or via our @CalMac-Updates page on X (formerly Twitter) - these pages carry up to the minute details, meaning you'll be able to check all the latest travel information before you travel. 

If you have any queries or questions, please email:

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