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Berneray is ready to welcome a familiar resident on Saturday evening (27 February), as the CalMac ferry MV Loch Portain meanders her way home.

Loch Portain and her crew are taking a long, sheltered and scenic route back from her annual dry dock in Greenock.

As well as the usual annual maintenance schedule and a clean and facelift, she’s also been fitted with an upgraded pitch control and steering system during her time at Dales Marine Engineering.

Tonight (Friday) she will berth for a second overnight stop at Craignure. She spent last night in Campbeltown.

She’s due back in Berneray on Saturday evening and will return to an amended, tide-disrupted service on Sunday – two days later than was originally scheduled.

The pictures show the Loch Portain during her scenic passage and passing the Loch Dunvegan, crossing between Colintraive and Rhubhodach on Bute (Zak355 on Flickr.com) and sunrise over the Ayrshire coast this morning (Donald Maclean).

On board, from left, Donald Maclean, Alasdair Lowe, John Docherty, Rohan Maciver, Misty MacNab.