It is no exaggeration to say it was dramatic at the pier today. In Scarinish on the Isle of Tiree we woke up to a sprinkling of snow. As the morning wore on there were short, sharp, showers of hail and snow. When the MV Clansman berthed it was something different. The vessel departed the […]Read more "Snow Drama"
It felt like the middle of the night. It was 7:00am on a January morning. The sun had not yet risen and it was pitch black. The waning crescent moon was just about to set. However, it was too windy to attempt to photograph it. With the wind and accompanying gusts forecast to rise the […]Read more "More Like Midnight"
Today’s appointment at the pier was a reminder of the power of wind and wave. When the ‘Mighty’ Clansman entered the bay the wind was gusting to 44mph. In the bay the gusts might even have been higher. (The official figures are from the Airport.) Today’s sailing was on an alert due to the sea […]Read more "A Powerful Reminder"
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 […]Read more "Barra Bound"
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 […]Read more "Seasonal Interludes"
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 […]Read more "The Mighty One"
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 […]Read more "Skillful Team Effort"