Bute ferry links badly hit by gale force winds

MVs Argyle and Bute tied up at Rothesay pier on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, when high winds disrupted ferry services throughout Scotland's west coast.
MVs Argyle and Bute tied up at Rothesay pier on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, when high winds disrupted ferry services throughout Scotland's west coast.

Ferry services to and from Bute were badly hit on Tuesday as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo struck the British Isles.

Sailings between Rothesay and Wemyss Bay were suspended for most of the day, with the 11am departure from Wemyss Bay being the last before a combination of high winds and high tides conspired to keep MVs Bute and Argyle tied up alongside Rothesay pier for the rest of the day.

Unusually, the effect was even worse on the Rhubodach-Colintraive service, where the strong north-westerly wind, blowing straight down the east Kyle, meant that apart from a brief spell at around 7am, there was no service during the day - though a further review of the service is due to take place at 7pm, after this article’s publication.

In addition to the ferry service disruption, the Mount Stuart Trust closed the Policies and the path through the Skipper Wood to walkers all day on Tuesday as a precautionary measure.