People in Barra are running out of patience. They say the ferry service to the mainland is unreliable and is threatening the businesses, jobs and day-to-day life of those living on the islands. BBC Scotland’s Connor Gillies has been to speak to some of those affected.
You really don’t have to go far when you arrive on Barra to hear about problems with the ferries.
Every single person has a story about how bad weather and an ageing, unreliable fleet has led to islanders feeling marooned.
Gillian Hamill works in the local shop, which sells fresh produce to 1,300 people who live on the island, which lies on the southern tip of the Western Isles.
She says the van that brings her grocery goods can sometimes be stuck in Oban for a couple of days because the five-hour ferry to Barra is cancelled due to bad weather or breakdowns.