In the summer months those making their way to Tiree have the benefit of an afternoon crossing – 14:45 rather than 8:15 or even 5:45! The Tuesday evening ferry is timetabled to arrive at 18:35 but was about 15 minutes late, no doubt due to the volume of traffic. The pier felt busy and not just with the vehicular traffic, but also the number of foot passengers. Just before the MV Clansman berthed a rib, the ‘Achnaba’ came alongside the slipway at the pier. It was returning from a trip to the Small Isles – Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna. Adding to the sense of busyness was a cruiser, two yachts and the Norther Light’s vessel the ‘Hjalmar Bjørge’. The latter is on a cruise described as ‘Cetaceans and Sunsets’ of the Inner Hebrides. Unlike Arinagour, Loch Eatharna, Coll, Gott Bay is not normally so busy – as it is not such a sheltered anchorage. It is always good to greet friends at the pier and the friendly wave from the rib was much appreciated.
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