No! We are not talking our leave of our island home. Rather, the MV Hebrides which has served the Isle of Tiree for much of the winter timetable took her leave this morning. Clyde built and normally serving on the Uig Triangle (Skye to North Uist and Harris), the Hebrides replaced her sister ferry the MV Clansman on the Oban-Coll-Tiree route.
The Clansman arrived at the Oban Ferry Terminal at 6.30 this morning after her annual overhaul and service at Camel Laird, Birkenhead. Soon her sister ship (the Hebrides) will replace her in dry dock at Birkenhead. The Summer Timetable commences on the 3rd of April, so we will not welcome the Clansman until Saturday. On Thursday, it will be the MV Lord of the Isles taking her usual turn on the crossing.
It was a bright morning, as we said our goodbyes, although it was a bitingly cold northerly wind gusting to 40+mph. Even the white horses were out in large numbers in the bay to say goodbye. Then, with a wave from the crew handling the ropes at the stern, the Hebrides, took her leave. (It was so cold and breezy that it was difficult to hold the camera steady.)
Yes! It should be the return of the “Mighty Clansman” on Saturday!