Rothesay winter roadshow cancelled as bad weather strikes

A ‘Ready for Winter’ roadshow due to take place in Rothesay on Monday was cancelled - due to, um, winter.

More specifically, the Scottish Government event, which was to have been held at the town’s Co-operative supermarket, was called off after bad weather resulted in the suspension of the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry service.

MV Argyle left Rothesay on the first sailing of the day at 6.25am and was diverted to Gourock; the return crossing arrived at 9.30am, and services were then suspended until 1pm, when the Argyle departed for Wemyss Bay.

The route’s second vessel, the winter relief ship MV Coruisk, did not sail at all on Monday morning.

Bute’s other ferry service, between Rhubodach and Colintraive, was unaffected by the weather, although it proved little use as an alternative way of connecting Bute with the central belt, due to the closure of several major roads.

In particular, the A83 was shut at the Rest and be Thankful due to a landslip, while the A815 Strachur-Dunoon road was shut at Sandbank because of flooding, cutting off Western Ferries as a potential diversionary route for Bute vehicle traffic.

Western’s services were suspended for a time in any event, although by lunchtime the weather had abated enough for sailings to be merely “subject to cancellation”; by then the Sandbank route was being described as “passable with care” by Argyll and Bute Council.

Flooding also affected the A78 coastal route in both Inverkip and Greenock, and led to severe disruption to train services between Glasgow and Gourock/Wemyss Bay.