Ferries back to normal as winds ease

Ferry sailings between Rothesay and the mainland suffered further disruption early on Tuesday morning - but life now appears to be returning to normal after the lingering effects of Hurricane Katia struck Scotland on Monday.

CalMac cancelled the first two return sailings on the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay route on Tuesday, but the normal timetable was resumed with the 8am departure from Rothesay - albeit with a warning that services could still be disrupted or delayed due to adverse weather.

The strong winds which lashed much of western Britain on Monday meant there were no ferry crossings to or from Rothesay after a 10.40am departure which was diverted to Gourock, although the Rhubodach-Colintraive ferry kept running to timetable throughout the day.

The Met Office weather website is currently forecasting winds of around 30mph in the Firth of Clyde during Tuesday, gusting to a maximum of 45mph, though things are expected to calm down by the evening.

Police in Rothesay informed us on Tuesday morning that there had been no major incidents reported to them as a result of the weather, other than a small number of trees and telephone wires being brought down.