ONE of the two ferries taking passengers between Inverclyde and Bute has been withdrawn from service today due to a 'technical issue'.

Operator CalMac said the MV Bute has a 'technical issue affecting the forward main engine' and further investigations into the problem are needed.

As a result, sister ship MV Argyle will run a single vessel timetable for the Wemyss Bay-Rothesay route on Tuesday.

The current scheduled times are as follows:

  • Depart Rothesay – 12.15pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm.
  • Depart Wemyss Bay – 11.15am, 1.05pm, 3.05pm, 5.05pm, 7.05pm.

In an update shared this evening, CalMac said the 8.05am service departing from Wemyss Bay on Wednesday has also been cancelled, along with the 7.05am service departing Rothesay.

A further update is due tomorrow morning at 8am regarding the 9.05am sailing from Rothesay.

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CalMac also warned that the service is liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice due to adverse weather.

A yellow warning has been issued by the Met Office for heavy rainfall throughout much of Tuesday.