Check Before Your Christmas Journey

Festive travellers are being urged to check all of the latest information sources before they head home to enjoy their Christmas celebrations.

The Met Office is warning that we can expect some stormy conditions over Scotland during the next few days with yellow warnings issued for wind and rain across many parts of the country. Some wintry showers are also possible on higher ground.

Full details are available at

The high winds mean that there could be some disruption to ferry services and passengers should check their operator’s website before they begin their journey.

On the roads, the winds and rain could lead to some tricky driving conditions in some areas.

Transport Minister Derek Mackay said:

“The Christmas getaway is getting underway and we want everyone to reach their destinations safely.

"The Forth Road Bridge has now reopened to the vast majority of traffic and motorists have been making use of it across this morning.

“The Met Office is warning of the potential for stormy weather across tonight and tomorrow and the Trunk Road Operating Companies remain on alert and ready to do all they can to mitigate the impact of conditions where required.

“Our travel planning services are more popular than ever and I would urge anyone making a journey on the trunk road network to check the Traffic Scotland twitter feed or website before they set-off on their journey.”

CalMac director of operations, Drew Collier.

“This is one of the busiest times of year for us and unfortunately coincides with some the most unpredictable weather.
“Schedule sailings can change so quickly due to prevailing conditions we would urge travellers looking to sail with us over the festive period to keep a close eye on our website and social media channels. To travel with confidence make sure they have the very latest information before they set off.”

Notes to editors

For real time journey information visit, follow @trafficscotland on Twitter

Published 23 Dec 2015