A MASS exodus of islanders from the Western Isles to Runrig’s final fling is putting ferry services under pressure.

The Gaelic rockers are bowing out of the music scene after 45 years with a series of sold-out farewell concerts place in Stirling on 17 and 18 August.

Many thousands of fans from across Scotland and beyond are planning to attend.

The Last Dance shows are being staged at the new outdoor events venue, Stirling City Park, beneath the ramparts of Stirling Castle.

Runrig has a massive fan base in the Western Isles.

Although popularly touted as a Skye band, the two key members are Gaelic speaking brothers, Rory and Calum Macdonald from North Uist.

Extra flights from the islands were quickly snapped up.

Shipping operator Caledonian Macbrayne warns that the Stornoway ferry is rapidly filling up for that weekend.

Heavy demand for travel to the Runrig events means the MV Loch Seaforth is nearing its maximum capacity of 700 passengers for each sailing over the period.

On some sea crossings it is impossible to squeeze any more vehicles onboard.

Cal Mac is advising all passengers to reserve their return journeys on the Ullapool/Stornoway service as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

In particular, ferry tickets are selling fast for the period from 16th to 20 August.

A CalMac spokesman said: “Demand for passenger spaces as well as vehicles is likely to be very high for the weekend of August 20-21, so we would urge people who are travelling to see Runrig’s final concert to book as soon as they can. Spaces on the vessel the day preceding the concerts and the day after in particular are filling up quickly.”