Oban for Tiree

Oban, in Argyll and Bute, is the bustling ferry terminal for many of the Hebridean Isles.
CalMac Ferries come and go from Islay, Colonsay, Lismore, Mull, Barra, Coll and Tiree.
With the introduction of RET (Road Equivalent Tariff) it is is extremely busy.
You can now commute to the Mainland from the Isle of Mull.
For anyone with an interest in ferries it is a dream location.

MV Coruisk departing for Craignure on the Isle of Mull
MV Coruisk departing for Craignure on the Isle of Mull

A recent trip to the Mainland meant a morning and afternoon spent in the town.
As the morning progressed the weather declined to a steady drizzle.
However there was still a point of interest – the ferries.

Six days later what a difference.
The sun shone and the bay was transformed.
Boats and ships of all kinds were coming and going.
The Hebridean Princess was moored close to the lifeboat.
There were fishing boats and vessels serving the fish farming industry.
There were pleasure craft, boats offering sight-seeing trips – and the ferries.

The Tuesday afternoon sailing to Coll and Tiree departs the ferry terminal at 2:45.
This departure time allows travellers to arrive by public transport.
For drivers it takes away the early morning strain.

North Pier, Oban
North Pier, Oban

The MV Clansman arrived in a sun-drenched bay from Colonsay.
Once everyone had disembarked, embarkation began for Coll and Tiree.
First the vehicles with their drivers and passengers were loaded on the vessel.
Once that process was completed the foot passengers were allowed on board.

MV Clansman arrives in Oban from Colonsay
MV Clansman arrives in Oban from Colonsay

With the sun out many headed straight for the Clansman’s open stern deck.
What a day to cruise up through the magnificent Sound of Mull.
So strong was the sun mountain tops were often hazy.
The best was yet to be – arriving home on Tiree.

Looking across the bay to the island island of Kerrera to distant peaks
Looking across the bay to the island island of Kerrera to distant peaks

This is one of the many joys of living on the Isle of Tiree.