Essential repair work at Port Ellen Ferry Terminal will require ferry operator CalMac to divert all Islay services to Port Askaig for a period of around three weeks.

The port’s linkspan is being replaced and the work, previously announced to take place in April, has now been rescheduled and the terminal will close from October 24 to November 14.

There will be no reduction in overall service, but an amended timetable will operate. A free bus transfer service will be provided from Port Ellen to Port Askaig for foot passengers.

“While this closure will, unfortunately, cause some inconvenience to the travelling public for a short period of time, this is essential upgrade work being carried out by the port owners CMAL,”

said CalMac’s director of operations, Drew Collier.

“To help us limit disruption as much as possible we ask that foot passengers looking to travel to or from Port Ellen should alert our contact centre 24 hours before they travel during this period. This will allow us to plan road transfers effectively.”

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