Tiree: Wild Weather

Tiree Weather 06:11:2014 (Met Office)

Last night, following yesterday’s warm sunshine, we went to bed around midnight with the confirmation that today’s ferry was cancelled due to the high winds that were making their presence felt. Several times during the night we woke to the sound of wind lashing against our south facing bedroom window. At 7am the wind was gusting  up to 59mph. and at 8.30 when the school bus went by the wind was still gusting unto 58mph. All day the rain has kept filling the water feature in the fields adjacent to our home. Late afternoon, thinking the rain had abated we foolishly went for a walk to the pier – coming back like a pair of drowned rats!

At 4.30pm we were treated to one of Tiree’s amazing sunsets. The view is looking west up Pier Road. About the same time CalMac’s newest ferry the ‘Loch Seaforth’ was passing Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, making its way towards the Sound of Mull, as it heads for Greenock. Eventually it will sail between Ullapool on the Mainland and Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis. The last vessel to proudly carry the name ‘Loch Seaforth’ came to grief at Tiree when it ran aground early one morning and then sank at the Pier, Gott Bay. It had been a another stormy night and crossing!

And for the history book the track of the ‘Loch Seaforth’ as it passes Ardnamurchan.

Track of Loch Seaforth – Marine Traffic