In pictures: Scottish islands battered by waves and flooding as almost 80 per cent of Calmac routes cancelled or on alert

A car avoids surging waves on the Isle of Arran. (Arran in Focus Facebook Page.)

ALMOST 80 per cent of all Caledonian MacBrayne vessel routes to the Scottish islands are cancelled or on alert today due to storms.

At the time of writing, 21 out of Calmac’s 27 routes are either cancelled, on amber or yellow alert as Storm Diana continues to batter many parts of Scotland with high winds and torrential rain.

The Met Office has issued weather warnings of gusts of up to 80mph in many areas of the country.

The Isle of Arran and Isle of Islay in particular have been hit hard by the storms, both experiencing high tides and destructive waves.

Local residents have taken to social media to post images and videos highlighting the force and height of tides.

Some are pictured just metres away from homes and gardens.

Posted by Arran in Focus Photography on Wednesday, 28 November 2018

High tides have been pictured surging onto roads in the village of Lamlash on the Isle of Arran, almost submerging cars braving the journey.

Posted by Arran in Focus Photography on Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Posted by Arran in Focus Photography on Wednesday, 28 November 2018

The bad weather is set to continue as long-term forecasts show heavy snow slamming into Scotland and parts of northern and central England in the coming weeks.

In the meantime most of Scotland should expect the gusts to die down over the weekend.

www.metoffice.gov.uk

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