Tiree: Relief

‘Relief Beyond Belief’ was the slogan of ‘Askit Powders’, a world wide brand with Glasgow roots, that helped provide ‘relief for headaches, colds and flue’ – and hangovers.

Today MV ‘Lord of the Isles’ was the relief vessel for the MV ‘Clansman’. The Clansman had been storm bound in Castlebay, Barra, and ‘LOTI’ in Oban. With a 5.45am sailing, ‘LOTI’ was the substitute for the Clansman’s early morning crossing.

After yesterday’s stormy conditions and cancelled sailings it would be with a great sense of relief that today’s travellers disembarked at Tiree.  A grey morning with rain, at least the vessel arrived in the calm waters of Gott Bay.  It may well have been a different story out in the ‘Passage of Tiree’ and there may have been relief to be off the ferry. It was so good to catch the friendly wave as friends drove off the car deck and onto the link-span. Relief to know that they had secured a space on the ferry.

It was relief that others boarded the ferry for Coll and Oban, for the weather forecast over the coming days looks stormy.

Just in case you imagined that with Tiree being the sunniest place in the UK, the sky is always blue, today’s post confirms we do get grey, wet days. Yet, above the dark clouds, the sun is shining. Something to pause and think about.