Essential repair work at Port Ellen will require ferry operator CalMac's to divert all Islay services to Port Askaig for a period of around three weeks. The port's linkspan is being replaced and fenders upgraded by owner Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) requiring closure from October 24 to November 13. There will be no reduction in overall service but an amended timetable will operate. Foot passengers requiring to disembark at Port Ellen will be transported by road free of charge. These sailings are marked with a 'D' on the timetable, which can be viewed below.
Calmac writes: “This is essential upgrade work being carried out by the port owners which, unfortunately will cause some inconvenience to the travelling public for a short period of time,” said CalMac's director of operations, Drew Collier. “To help us limit disruption as much as possible we ask that foot passengers looking to go to Port Ellen should book with our contact centre 24 hours before they travel during this period. This will allow us to plan alternative road transport effectively.” Passengers can book by calling 0800 066 5000.
Temp timetable from October 24 to November 13