Ferries off - but Bute is spared worst wrath of ‘Storm Frank’

MVs Argyle and Bute at Rothesay pier on the morning of Wednesday, December 30 - both confined to port because of high winds in the Firth of Clyde.

MVs Argyle and Bute at Rothesay pier on the morning of Wednesday, December 30 - both confined to port because of high winds in the Firth of Clyde.

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Bute appears to have been largely spared the worst effects of the high winds and heavy rain which struck Scotland overnight - though the island’s ferry links have been disrupted.

Police in Rothesay received no overnight reports of structural damage, fallen trees or significant flooding on the island.

The Rothesay-Gourock route was suspended from mid-afternoon on Tuesday and again from the start of service on Wednesday morning, though CalMac have announced that weather permitting, service will resume with the 10.15am sailing to Gourock - though the route remains on ‘amber alert’.

The Rhubodach-Colintraive ferry was suspended at around 7.30pm on Tuesday as wind speeds increased, and was off again at the start of service on Wednesday, but sailings resumed at 6.30am and are still operating at the time of publication, albeit also on ‘amber alert’.

Minor flooding was noticed at the corner of High Street and Montague Street in Rothesay town centre at around 3.30am, coinciding with the first high tide of the day; the next high tide in Rothesay is due at around 3.15pm.

On the mainland, the A83 has been closed at the Rest and Be Thankful because of a landslide, and flooding has closed the A8 at the Newark Castle roundabout in Port Glasgow.

The A8 is also affected by flooding at Langbank, as is the A78 in Largs, while trains between Glasgow Central and Gourock are also subject to disruption because of flooding west of Bishopton.