Ferry firm CalMac have confirmed that freight sailings between Troon and Brodick will begin on Tuesday.

As we revealed earlier today (Monday), the company will use the MV Alfred on the route to ensure vital supplies reach the island - and goods and products make their way from Arran to the mainland.

The MV Alfred has been unable to operate from Ardrossan for weeks due to the harbour's Irish Berth being ruled out of action by Peel Ports.

That left the island with just one ferry service from the rest of Ayrshire.

A CalMac spokesperson said this afternoon: "As MV Alfred cannot currently operate from Ardrossan, due to ongoing issues with the Irish Berth, the vessel will instead operate a commercial only service between Troon and Brodick.

"This will commence from Tuesday, January 30 with a review taking place on Friday, February 2 for any changes that may be required to the timetable.

"Commercial customers with existing bookings will be contacted directly by the port to advise of any changes to their port of departure.

"Please note, these sailings are strictly for commercial customers only, no foot passengers or cars can be carried given port infrastructure limits. Anyone without a valid booking will not be able to travel from Troon."