A passenger-only ferry service has been brought in on a troubled Highland route after a relief boat developed a fault.

The main Corran ferry, MV Corran, and its relief vessel Maid of Glencoul are now both out of action.

Highland Council, which operates the lifeline route, said it was working to fix a defect with the Maid of Glencoul’s steering system.

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

The local authority said the fault was discovered on Wednesday afternoon.

It said the crew had been working with an electrician to identify the issue, but a specialist maritime engineer had now been called in.

A temporary foot passenger service from Fort William Pier to Ardgour will be in place from Friday.

Highland Council’s chairman of economy and infrastructure, Councillor Ken Gowans, said: “I want to give the reassurance that we are doing everything possible to support the communities until the Maid is back in operation.”

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