The Caledonian MacBrayne ferry for Tiree leaves the West Coast port of Oban every day in the Summer Timetable and 4 or 5 days a week in the winter timetable. Oban is a bustling town in the summer with all kinds of vessels coming and going – fishing boats, boat trips to watch the seals, cruise ships, ferries great and small. For many the town is just a transit point, a place that you pass through on your journey from the islands to the rest of the Mainland or vice versa. Yet, Oban has much to offer the visitor prepared to spend some time in the town. From the bay, the town is crowned by McCaig’s Tower on Battery Hill. This folly is built of Bonawe granite taken from the quarries across Airds Bay, on Loch Etive.
Gulls can be a menace especially if you are dining on Oban’s finest fish and chip suppers. It is not unknown for a gull to swoop down and snatch your meal right out of your hand. However, this particular gull is in a pensive mood wanting to know which vessel is for Coll and Tiree.
Is it the cruise ship Minerva anchored in the bay? Or is the cruise ship the Hebridean Princess, the humble Loch Striven, or Raasay or even the Isle of Mull? No! It is none of the above. It is the vessel known as the MIGHTY Clansman – pictured here heading up the Sound of Mull, Barra bound.
The ferry leaves from Oban every day
And passes Tobermory on the way,
Then just beyond the lovely isle of Coll,
Is Tiree, the most beautiful of all.