Tiree: Winter is here. Almost!

After an exceptional Autumn, the last few days have the feeling that Winter is here. Well, almost! The past few days have had strong winds, sunshine, cloud and just plain grey. The forecast for the weekend is promising –  storm force winds. Not ideal if you are travelling, or you are expecting visitors.

In from the gathering darkness
In from the gathering darkness

Sunday marks the final day of the Summer Timetable and for Coll and Tiree the first scheduled sailing of the Winter Timetable is on Tuesday. Today was the final scheduled Thursday sail from Coll and Tiree to Barra and return for 2014. Although a late alert was issued, the ferry did make the crossing. Lifeontiree was present to record the occasion.

This evening the new pier lights were in operation. Reflecting on the wet pier they lit up the gangway and more to good effect.

There were a few passengers disembarking from Barra but many more embarking for Oban. With any vehicles from Barra unloaded, loading for Oban began . . . even dealing with a van with steam pouring forth . . .

And that’s winter here. Almost!