Storm EVA is approaching the West Coast of Scotland and here on Tiree we are experiencing a prolonged spell of high winds, but Eva is expected to raise the stakes. In a recent press release CalMac’s director of operations Drew Collier stated that Storm Eva brings significant weather challenges for us over the next few days and makes operating any sort of service difficult, but we are committed to getting our customers where they want to go and will look at all options to achieve this. He said, We have pulled out all the stops to ensure people travelling to these destinations can get home to their friends and family in time for the celebrations.
The press release sates that the company has put together an action plan using weather windows that should enable people travelling to the southern outer Hebrides, Tiree and Coll to get there in time for the Yuletide celebrations and get vital supplies out to shops. This means the MV Clansman will leave Castlebay on Barra at 11:30 and head down to Tiree arriving at 14:25 and then on to Coll before docking in Oban at 18:20. For those heading to Tiree the revised timetable means the MV Lord of the Isles will leave Oban at 10:30 and arrive in Tiree at 14:00 before repositioning to Lochboisdale.
Taking a break from preparations for Christmas Day we headed East to make a delivery in time for the big day. It was late afternoon with failing light. Our journey took us to Caolas with stormy views across the Gunna Sound and then with equally impressive views west towards Salum and Vaul.
On our return journey we took the opportunity while out to appreciate the view at Vaul. Although more sheltered Gott Bay was looking quite impressive.
Already Storm Eva is making her presence felt.
Winds are expected to peak over night.
And then again on Christmas Eve.
Thankfully the Watch Night Service on Christmas Eve is at Baugh.
This is life on Tiree.