Having spent just over a week away from our island home, our return journey began with a berth on the Caledonian Sleeper which crosses the borders about 5:30am and arrives in Glasgow Central Station at 7:20am.
After a hearty helping of porridge we keep an appointment in Glasgow, before making our way to the Buchanan Street Bus Station to catch the coach for Oban. With the Royal National Mod (2015) taking place in Oban the coach is busy and we recognise several people who either live on Tiree or have strong ties with the Island. It is so encouraging to hear the Gaelic and there is a real buzz to Oban. Although not quite home yet, it is great to meet a family from church – here in Oban for the Mod.
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The coach trip takes you past Loch Lomond (with views across the flat calm water to Ben Lomond), over the famous pass known as ‘The Rest and Be Thankul’ and the shores of Loch Long and Loch Fyne to Inveraray. After that it is Loch Awe, the Pass of Brander, and then along the shore of Loch Etive before coming to the impressive Connel Ferry Bridge. Today’s trip feels like a ‘Five Lochs Tour’ rather than a necessary coach journey.
The Autumn colours warm our hearts, while the sunset over Oban Bay and the Isle of Kerrrera is breath taking.
Stop! Remember we must be at the ferry terminal no later than 5:15am.
The ferry sails at 5:45am.