Penultimate Passage.

This being Wednesday the ferry sails from Tiree to Barra and returns.
It is the penultimate crossing of the summer timetable.
And the sun shone brightly for the occasion.

The MV Lord of the Isles thrusts away from Tiree's pier en route for Barra
The MV Lord of the Isles thrusts away from Tiree’s pier en route for Barra

Some passengers arriving in Tiree in the morning from Oban and Coll
were making the most of the opportunity to spend the afternoon on Tiree
before the ferry arrived back in the evening to take them onward to their destinations.

A sun drenched Gott Bay
A sun drenched Gott Bay

Gott Bay, in Gaelic, is the ‘Big Beach’, Tràigh Mhor.
It is often frequented by those who enjoy water sports.
As the ferry enters the bay those in the Observation Lounge
may well see the colourful kites or sails of the bay’s dedicated surfers.

The ferry approaching the Gunna Sound
The ferry approaching the Gunna Sound

Heading back out to sea from the pier in Gott Bay,
the ferry heads back towards Coll before entering the Gunna Sound
the passage of water that separates the twin islands of Coll and Tiree.

The MV Lord of the Isles in the Passage of Tiree just before entering the Gunna Sound
The MV Lord of the Isles in the Passage of Tiree just before entering the Gunna Sound

Normally the domain of the MV Clansman
today it was the MV Lord of the Isles making the passage.
Hard to think that the previous week the skipper did not risk entering the Sound.

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The MV Lord of the Isles deputising for the MV Clansman in the Gunna Sound

With the MV Hebrides still in dry dock
and the MV Clansman covering for her on the Uig Triangle,
the Lord of the Isles is working hard deputising for the MV Clansman.

The Lord of the Isles leaves the Sound and heads out into the Minch
The Lord of the Isles leaves the Sound and heads out into the Minch.

The Isle of Rum provides the backdrop,
as the Lord of the Isles leaves the Gunna Sound
and enters the Minch bound for Castlebay, the port for Barra.

The ferry in Gott Bay on its return from Barra
The ferry in Gott Bay on its return from Barra

Six hours after it left Tiree for Barra the ferry returns.
Today the sun was already low and sinking fast towards the horizon.
Those who had spent the day on Tiree stand on the pier watching the ship’s arrival.

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Few vehicles have made the crossing from Barra to Tiree today.
After the Oban traffic is boarded, the traffic for Coll is reversed on.
Since LOTI has been operating foot passengers have used the vehicle ramp.

What a beautiful evening for the sail to Oban.
No doubt cameras will be out to catch the sunset over the  western waters.

Sunset over Gott Bay
Sunset over Gott Bay

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.

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