Tiree has its own Airport with improved daily links to Glasgow and flights to Oban on a Monday and a Wednesday. Apart from some of the mail and a limited number of passengers, everything else arrives and departs the island by ferry. Therefore ferry movements are of great interest to haulage contractors, visitors and residents.
Oban harbour is the busy point of arrival and departure of the daily (summer) ferry to Coll and Tiree. Ferries also depart for Castlebay, Colonsay, Craignure, Kennacraig, Lismore, Lochboisdale and Port Askaig. With the introduction of Road equivalent tariff (RET) fares, particularly on the Oban – Craigure (Mull) route, the general feeling is that the harbour can only get busier. Some commentators question whether or not the Ferry Terminal will be able to cope with the additional traffic and the fear is that it will impact on the crossing to Coll and Tiree.
Perhaps, it is with the increasing traffic in mind, that a new website went live on Thursday 30th July. With improved safety in the vicinity of the harbour to the fore, the website has useful information and advice relating to navigation.
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For those with an interest in the finer details -the Oban Harbour Management Group is as follows: Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited is the owner of the Railway and South Piers in Oban, which are operated on their behalf by CalMac Ferries Limited. Argyll & Bute Council own and operate the North Pier. Both CMAL and Argyll & Bute Council are the Statutory Harbour authorities for their respective areas. The Northern Lighthouse Board operates its own facility in Oban Harbour and regularly plays host to the well known cruise ship, Hebridean Princess. CalMac Ferries which operates several services from Oban Harbour.