Essential repair work at Port Ellen Ferry Terminal will require ferry operator CalMac to divert all Islay services to Port Askaig for a period of around three weeks.
The port’s linkspan is being replaced, along with cylinders and pipework, being upgraded by owner, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd [CMAL], requiring closure from 18th April.
There will be no reduction in overall service, but an amended timetable will operate, since all ferries to and from Islay will instead use the reliable and heltered Port Askaig on the Sound of Jura for the duation of the CMAL works at Port Ellen.
A bus transfer service will be provided from Port Ellen to Port Askaig for foot passengers.
CalMac’s director of operations, Drew Collier, says: ‘While this closure will, unfortunately, cause some inconvenience to the travelling public for a short period of time, this is essential upgrade work being carried out by the port owners, CMAL.
‘To help us limit disruption as much as possible we ask that foot passengers looking to travel to or from Port Ellen should book with our contact centre 24 hours before they travel during this period. This will allow us to plan road transfers effectively.’
Note: The CalMac contact centre though which passengers to and from Islay can book is available by phone on: 0800 066 5000.