Highlands & Islands

New Sunday ferry service for Harris starts

The first Sunday passenger ferry service has sailed out of Tarbert on the Hebridean island of Harris.

The operators, Caledonian MacBrayne, have been accused of ignoring the wishes of local people, many of whom oppose sailings on the Sabbath.

Tarbert is the last ferry port in the Western Isles network without a seven-day operation.

The service runs between Tarbert on Harris, Lochmaddy on North Uist and Uig on Skye.

Previously, a boat left Tarbert on a Sunday but with no passengers and headed to North Uist to provide a Sunday service to Skye from Lochmaddy.

The introduction of the Sunday service has divided opinion on Harris, where many residents continue to retain Sundays as a day of rest.

CalMac said it made its decision only after consulting the local community.

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