Barra Bound

CalMac provide a summer only service  to the island of Barra from the Isle of Tiree. It makes the once a week crossing – there and back – on a Wednesday. For the past two weeks this sailing has been cancelled. The reason given was the wind and the waves. This was the Penultimate Passage […]

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Seasonal Interludes

This evening our home is being assaulted once again. Outside the south westerly wind is swirling and gusting. These gusts of 53mph have a knack of finding their way inside. Venturing outside is at one and the same time challenging and exhilarating. It has been a week of seasonal interludes. There has been sunshine, scattered […]

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The Mighty One

On Thursday, from mid-afternoon onwards, the wind steadily rose. Around midnight the gusts peaked at 52 mph. At 9:00am – the gusts were still 43 mph. Little wonder the ferry was on an alert. To see the conditions best double click on photograph in galleries. Mouse-over for captions. The ferry left Oban Ferry Terminal at […]

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Skillful Team Effort

There was an adverse weather forecast of winds gusting to over 45 mph. The MV Clansman was sailing to Tiree under a revised timetable. The ferry departed Oban at 6:15am sailing directly to Tiree. She berthed at Tiree at 9:32am. The weather photograph only tells part of the picture. The SE Wind was gusting up […]

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A Glassy Sea

The Passage of Tiree was like glass today. No wonder at 10:00am the wind speed was 1 mph. When the MV Clansman berthed at Tiree’s pier (11:05) the wind was 5 mph. Since coming to Tiree four years ago we have felt drawn to the pier. Most days we walk at least once or twice […]

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Sale Day Sail

Just across the Gunna Sound from Tiree lies the Island of Coll. A visit normally involves at least one overnight stay. Yet, the island is is no more than two miles away. It is our closest neighbour. On a Wednesday, in the Summer timetable, the ferry leaves Oban. It stops at Coll before sailing to […]

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Calm as a Millpond

It’s the first day of September. And what a start it is to the month. The air is still and the sea is flat calm. The view across the Passage of Tiree is clear. Tweet-Five miles across the millpond is the Isle of Mull. Half way across is the distinctive shape of Bac Mòr – […]

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