CalMac has said it is looking at a range of options to minimise disruption while Sound of Harris ferry MV Loch Portain is away for a week for maintenance work.
Angus MacNeil MP had earlier raised that passengers were unable to book on the Berneray-Harris service after 13th June (click here for details).
However, a CalMac spokesperson explained: “MV Loch Portain is now subject to a more stringent legislative regime that requires us to update certain safety systems. This means it will be off the Berneray-Leverburgh route for one week from 13th June and will be replaced by the MV Loch Bhrusda.
“This is a slightly smaller vessel, so to provide a seamless service and avoid any potential disruption, we are looking at ways of enhancing this service temporarily to cope with anticipated demand.
“This may include extra daily sailings on the crossing or involve the MV Isle of Lewis running an additional daily service between Tarbert and Lochmaddy.
“We will keep customers fully updated once final cover arrangements for the route have been made.”