It felt like the Exodus.
What a contrast with Tuesday’s sailing.
On that occasion only seven passengers disembarked.
That included two cars, one cyclist and three foot passengers.
There were a few more boarding but in no way was the ferry busy.
In the winter timetable there is no Friday sailing.
Saturday’s ferry was uncertain with high winds forecast.
So many heading to the Mainland for Hogmanay joined the Exodus.
It was almost unbelievably calm.
There was little wind and the sea was flat.
It was cold but the sky above Tiree was blue.
For a change we were boarding the ferry.
We did appreciate the three friends who waved us off.
Especially when they had to stand for thirty minutes in the cold.
This action speaks loudly of the sense of community on the island.
We have lived on Tiree now for four years.
So there were many ‘weel kent faces’ on board the ferry.
In such company the four hour crossing passes quickly.
There was still plenty of opportunity to get out onto the open deck.
It proved to be a day of great contrast in the weather.
The Isle of Mull was often shrouded by cloud.
Ardnamurchan was mainly clear.
Tiree was snow free when we departed for the Mainland.
Our sail took us through a very wintry landscape.
There were many snow capped mountains.
It was a feast for the eyes.
The winter sun was low in the sky.
The clouds hugging Mull were hauntingly beautiful.
Little wonder there were others out on deck photographing.
Close to Lismore Lighthouse we passed the MV Isle of Arran.
She is serving the Isle of Mull as the relief vessel.
Later we would see her return to Oban.
Our arrival in Oban coincided with sunset.
We wanted to visit the Chocolate Factory if it was open.
However, our progress was hindered by the western sky.
We will let the photographs convey what we stopped to view.
It was almost three hours until our train departed Oban.
We were thankful the Chocolate Factory was open.
The view from the window is normally pleasing.
On this occasion it felt truly festive.
Our arrival Dundee was timed for 00:41.
Our crossing to Oban was less than fours hours.
The remainder of our journey was in the hours of darkness.
We could not see any of the scenery that we were passing through.
At most stations we were aware that there was snow and a heavy frost.
This is Life on Tiree on holiday on the Mainland.
Part of the pleasure of island life is travel by ferry.
This especially so when passing through such scenery
As always it was a pleasure to sail on the Mighty Clansman