Visitors urged to plan ahead
VISITORS to the Western Isles are being advised to book their transport well in advance this summer.
Ferry operator CalMac has announced foot passengers require a booking from Sunday July 16 to Monday July 24 because of the high volume of passengers expected on ferries for the Hebridean Celtic Festival.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Police Scotland and the Stornoway Port Authority are encouraging travellers to make bus and ferry bookings well in advance of travel.
Councillor Uisdean Robertson, chairman of the transportation and infrastructure committee at the Western Isles Council, said: ‘ We are delighted so many people are coming to visit the Western Isles over the summer and we are thoroughly looking forward to welcoming them.
‘The week of the Hebridean Celtic Festival will be a particularly busy time, with Ullapool to Stornoway and other ferry services likely to be at full capacity and we are keen to avoid unnecessary congestion and delays. We would urge passengers travelling by car and by foot to make sure they make bookings well in advance and also check in early at the ferry terminals.
‘It is also essential for those intending to use the bus service between Ullapool and Inverness to pre-book with Scottish Citylink on their website or call 0141 352 4444 at least 48 hours prior to travel.’