VIDEO: Latest wintry blast strikes Bute

The bad weather which has buffeted much of Scotland over the last week or so hit Bute again on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

High winds kept both the island’s ferry links suspended on Thursday morning: the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay service is still suspended as this article is published, with the next service update due at 2.30pm.

The bottom of High Street, and entrances to Guildford Square and Montague Street were closed to vehicle access on the evening of Wednesday, January 14, due to flooding in the town centre.

The bottom of High Street, and entrances to Guildford Square and Montague Street were closed to vehicle access on the evening of Wednesday, January 14, due to flooding in the town centre.

The wind abated enough to enable the Rhubodach-Colintraive ferry to resume at 10.30am, but CalMac advised that sailings would only operate when weather conditions allowed, and not to the published timetable.

Social media was awash with a rumour on Wednesday afternoon that Bute’s electricity supply was to be cut off for 12 hours, until 6am on Thursday, by a planned shutdown after a burger van was noticed arriving on the island.

However, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution confirmed via Twitter that it had no plans to switch off power on the island - and so far, the supply has been uninterrupted, despite winds gusting to 70mph at times.

SSEPD sent catering and welfare units to Lochgilphead, Arran, Campbeltown, Islay, Mull, Tiree and Skye, as well as to Rothesay, as a precaution in case storms made it impossible to move the facilities in the event of a power cut.