Tiree and Loti’s Tale

My Arrival in Gott Bay
My Arrival in Gott Bay

I was originally timetabled to leave Oban on Thursday morning at 7.15am, with an arrival at Scarinish, Isle of Tiree for 11:15am. With adverse weather forecast, it was decided that I would not leave Oban until 1.00pm. At the time the decision was made it was thought I would visit the Island of Coll, but circumstances change.

marine traffic track
Sorry. Just to prove my point

A study of my track on Thursday afternoon, will reveal that I spent time away from Oban Pier going nowhere. Weather related! As a consequence when I did manage to get back to the Oban Ferry Terminal I was unable to leave until 15.20pm. Those poor passengers for Coll, they are going to have to spend the night in Oban. Nothing against Oban, it is just they were expecting to make the crossing on Thursday. All that added expense!

Preparing to Berth
Preparing to Berth

Well they say, “Better late than never!” Talking about the time, as my skipper turned me into Gott Bay to enable me to berth at the pier, the sun was sinking in the west. I was so glad to have make the crossing, as there was certainly plenty of coming and going. I understand there were some passengers onboard who were attending Tiree’s Tech Wave. Some of those tech guys had come all the way from Wales.

Well! When the time came for me to cast my ropes and make my way back to Oban, the sun had set and the lights had been turned on at the pier. Although I felt warm, I did think of those handling my ropes, it was cold out there.

The Pier Office and Vehicle Lanes
The Pier Office and Vehicle Lanes

It is just an aside, but you know I find it strange. When I was Christened, I was given the name ‘Lord of the Isles’. Yet, many people refer to me as ‘she’. Perhaps it is because my name is affectionately shortened to ‘LOTI’, but somehow I think it has something more to do with that strange thing called the English language. Oh for the Gaelic!

Waiting for the off!
Waiting for the off!