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Out by ferry and return by plane.

Once again we were encouraged by the kindness of family and friends. On the outward journey the ferry was running approximately two hours late, yet thanks to the kindness of friends we arrived at our onward destination approximately two hours earlier than expected. Thanks to the kindness of family we had warm hospitality, a meal out at a highly recommended Italian restaurant and were able to do everything we set out to accomplish on our brief visit to the Mainland. On our return, thanks to the kindness of a friend we were met at the airport and we soon back in our own home.

With the MV Lord of the Isles away in dry dock for its annual overhaul, our outward journey were aboard the MV Isle of Arran, the grand old lady of the fleet. Although diminutive in size when compared to the MV Clansman we had a comfortable sailing to Oban and found the catering team most friendly. The ferry had left Oban about 25 minutes late that morning and lost time throughout the day and as a consequence she was about two hours late in arriving back in Oban. We appreciated being able to travel aboard her for the MV Lord of the Isles is due back soon on the route.

Today’s flight back from Glasgow International Airport to Tiree was to time and afforded great views of the West Coast landscape for most of the way.
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Glasgow Airport, ready for take off
Glasgow Airport, ready for take off

From on high we were able to look over towards Loch Lomond and snow capped mountain peaks.

View of Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond and snow capped peaks

We were able to look down on the Clyde, seeing both Garvel Dock and Gourock Ferry Terminal.

As well as identifying several of the mighty sea lochs we caught sight of  Crinan and the Crinan Canal. the Firth of Lorne and the Ross of Mull.

In no time at all the pilot was announcing we would soon be landing in Tiree.
Our approach was over Gott Bay with views across the narrowest part of the island.

Gott Bay
Sea Island, Gott Bay and across to the Atlantic

As we flew low over Gott Bay we had a good view of our own home.

Pier Road and Pier View, Tiree
Pier Road and Pier View, Tiree

Much as we appreciated our short business trip to Glasgow it as good to back, even if we left the sunshine back in the city.