No weatherbomb for Galloway

Galloway avoided the worst of the ‘weatherbomb’ which hit Scotland on Wednesday with just a few reports of gusts.

Following warnings from the Met Office that gale force winds and snow would be landing on southern Scotland, Galloway wrapped up warm and hid from the elements but the situation failed to live up to the hype.

While the north of Scotland was battling with 40-ft waves, wintry showers punctuated with sunny spells was all Galloway had to deal with.

ScotRail cancelled train services between Ayr and Stranraer and ran replacement buses instead, but warned these could also be suspended depending on road conditions.

Ferries between Cairnryan and Belfast were cancelled but this was mainly due to a collision between the boat and terminal (see page seven).

But the forecast for the weekend looks unsettled with ice and snow affected much of southern Scotland.