The main vessel for Highland Council’s Corran Ferry service could be out of action until the middle of August, the local authority has said.

The MV Corran left for maintenance work in dry dock last October, which uncovered an issue with its propulsion.

Highland Council said a part needed for repairs was being made in Germany. It said industry supply chain challenges had delayed its delivery.

It is expected at the end of July and will be fitted in early August.

Highland Council said MV Corran would need to complete sea trials before heading home to its Lochaber route in the middle of August.

There has been significant disruption to the car ferry service already this year.

It is the busiest single-vessel ferry route in Scotland and carries more than 270,000 cars each year.

Between 15 April and start of June there was a limited passenger service after the relief ferry MV Maid of Glencoul broke down.

People living in Fort William, Ardgour, Sunart, Ardnamurchan, Moidart, Morar, Morvern and the Isle of Mull are among those who regularly use it.

Want to see more SNP fails? – Health Matters

Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter and join the fightback against Scottish Nationalism.