The New Norm

Frost and snow are meant to be rare on the Isle of Tiree. Yet this year, 2018, it is as if the abnormal has become the normal. In the past seven days we have seen lochens frozen and the Machair turn white. More often than not both sunrise and sunset have been hidden from view. […]

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Sailing At First Light

This morning the MV Clansman berthed at Tiree at First Light. For the third consecutive Sunday there has been an amended timetable. It has meant the ferry leaving Oban Ferry Terminal under the cover of darkness. On the first two Sundays the ferry left Oban at 4:00am. Drivers and their vehicles had to present themselves […]

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Under The Lights

One of the many advantages of our home is its proximity to the pier. The Pier Office is about a five minute walk away. Normally there is no need to take the car. This morning an amended timetable was in operation for the ferry. Instead of departing Oban Ferry Terminal at 7:15am it sailed at […]

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Snow Drama

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 […]

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More Like Midnight

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 […]

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A Powerful Reminder

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 […]

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The Exodus

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 […]

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