A national petition launched on change.org to call for action to restore services on the Armadale-Mallaig ferry route has now got more than 1300 signatures.

The petitioners say: "The loss of the MV Coruisk from the Armadale-Mallaig crossing on the Isle of Skye and the failure to provide fit for purpose replacement vessels has led to a serious threat to the social and economic future of Skye, Lochaber and the Western Isles.

"The economic prosperity of the communities that are heavily dependent on the benefits that this popular and profitable service gives is now under severe threat."

The petition was launched by Jan Wallwork-Clarke, who is chief executive of the Clan Donald Skye centre at Armadale.

UPDATE: within 12 hours of appearing on www.theskyetimes.co.uk, the number of signatures had risen to 1,539