Homeward Bound

The alarm clock rings out.
It’s only 5:50am but we must leave blanket bay.
In just over an hour the ferry will be sailing for Tiree.

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Down in the hotel dining room by 6:30
there is time for a quick bowl of cereal
before crossing to the Ferry Terminal.

The water in Oban Bay is flat calm.
The Ferry Terminal seems unusually quiet.
The Crew are preparing the MV Clansman for the sailing.
Through the Clansman’s Bow Visor is the MV Loch Striven – Lismore bound.


A sleepy Hebridean Princess
A sleepy Hebridean Princess

The ropes are released.
We are underway, heading for sea.
Out into the bay and then entering the Sound of Mull.

Passing Lismore Lighthouse
Passing Lismore Lighthouse

Time now to enjoy the rest of our breakfast.
Most of our fellow passengers are in the Mariners Cafeteria.
It’s hard to sit down when outside when the scenery is so exciting.

Tobermory is a hive of activity today.
The ferry, MV Loch Linnhe, is leaving for Kilchoan.
Shuttle craft are heading back and forth from the cruise ship Astor.
In the afternoon the Astor will sail down the Passage of Tiree bound for Dublin.

At Rubha nan Gall we sense the Atlantic.
To starboard is the village of Kilchoan.
and then Ardnamurchan Lighthouse.

Kilchoan and the the Rum Cuillin
Kilchoan and the the Rum Cuillin

Ardnamurchan is the most westerly point of the British Mainland.
The Lighthouse is a tribute to its designer Alan Stevenson.
The latter an uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson.

The first port of call is the Island of Coll.
Famous for its whale bone welcome.
The time 10:00am

In an hour we will be at journey’s end.
Scotland’s Sunshine Capital.
The Isle of Tiree.

Scarinish and Ben Hynish with its Golf Ball
Scarinish and Ben Hynish with its Golf Ball

It has been a quiet, calm, enjoyable crossing.
The journey is very much part of the coming home.
There standing on the pier are friends to meet and greet us.

A lunch loving prepared awaits us.
It’s good to be back home.
This is ‘Life on Tiree’.