Autumnal ‘Appenings

What a week!
It’s been a real talking point.
Amazing Sunrises and Sunsets.
Sunshine and Strong South Easterly winds.
And we are just over half way through the week.

The ferry was given the green light over the weekend.
With an amber light for Monday many travellers sailed on Sunday.
It was indeed a wise decision for on Monday the ferry was given a RED light.
In CalMac terminology that meant there was no sailing from Oban to Coll and Tiree.

The MV Lord of the Isles approaching Tiree on Tuesday evening
The MV Lord of the Isles approaching Tiree on Tuesday evening

On Tuesday there was a yellow warning.
The strong south easterly wind was the problem.
There was the possibility the ferry might not berth at either Coll or Tiree.
However, the MV Lord of the Isles made the crossing and berthed at both islands.

The MV Lord of the Isles successfully berths on Tuesday evening
The MV Lord of the Isles successfully berths on Tuesday evening

Wednesday was a significant day.
The ferry departed Oban at the appointed time 7:15am.
It then succeeded in berthing at Coll but was unable to berth at Tiree.
Being a Wednesday, the decision was made to continue on to Castlebay, Barra.

The Pier Office on Wednesday evening appears to be on Fire
The Pier Office on Wednesday evening appears to be on Fire

The skipper decided not to sail through the Gunna Sound that separates Coll and Tiree.
To avoid the risk in the prevailing conditions he headed back up past the Isle of Coll.
Consequently the journey to Barra took about an hour longer.

After the moon had risen and darkness descended the ferry eventually berthed at Tiree
After the moon had risen and darkness descended the ferry eventually berthed at Tiree

The ferry eventually managed to berth at Tiree at 8:45pm.
It was a journey time of thirteen and a half hours —
Including a return journey across the Minch.

Thursday and the MV Lord of the Isles out in the Passage of Tiree
Thursday and the MV Lord of the Isles out in the Passage of Tiree

On Thursday due to the continuing high winds the ferry was delayed.
(This might also have been due to its arrival in Oban at 00:10)
Instead of its 7:15am departure, it departed at 8:00am.
Due to the SE wind berthing at Tiree was uncertain.

Lord of the Isles on its second approach to the pier.
Lord of the Isles on its second approach to the pier.

The marshalled traffic watched on anxiously.
There were several passengers travelling to Oban for a wedding.
Thankfully on its second approach to the pier the vessel managed to berth.

(In galleries mouse-over for captions, double-click for larger pictures)

The sun is shinning!
The wind is gradually dying back.
The sky is blue and almost cloudless.
It looks like we could have another great sunset.
What a week of autumnal ‘appenings and its not over yet.

A swell Lord of the Isles
A swell Lord of the Isles

There’s more!
CalMac have just advised:
To accomodate the amount of traffic that was booked on MV Clansman,
MV Lord of the Isles will operate an amended timetable
including an additional sailing on Saturday.
Saturday’s first sailing will depart an hour earlier at 6:15
Saturday’s second sailing will depart at 15:35
Sunday’s sailing will depart and hour later at 8:15.

This is Life on Tiree

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