It is Tuesday afternoon.
The departure point is Oban.
The journey from Glasgow a delight.
It is a transition from city streets to lochs and glens.
The sun has shone all the way to Oban.
What a difference from the outward journey to Dundee.
Mountain peaks shrouded by mist are now clearly visible.
Oban is bathed in sunshine.
It is an afternoon to enjoy an ice-cream.
No wonder many head straight for the MV Clansman’s open deck.
At 2:45pm prompt the ropes are cast.
The busy ferry departs from number two berth.
What clear views back to Oban and its esplanade.
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It is not just Oban Bay that is busy.
The Sound of Mull is populated with ships, ferries and yachts.
Buoys, Lighthouses, Castles, and slipways are familiar landmarks.
From the ferry you have a clear view of Oban:
the Distillery and McCaig’s Tower are prominent landmarks.
Soon there is a clear view down the Sound of Kerrera and of Kerrera itself.
Sailing to Coll and Tiree involves the Clansman heading up the Sound Of Mull.
Lismore and Lady Rock Lighthouses are distinctive landmarks.
Soon Duart Castle on Mull is on the vessel’s port side.
Craignure is the port for the direct sailing to Oban;
the MV Isle of Mull and MV Coruisk at present provide this service.
It is now possible to commute from the Isle of Mull to Oban for the mainland.
Look out for Tobermory, the colourful location for the children’s TV show Balamory.
The slipway in the town is the departure point for the sailing to Kilchoan.
There is also the crossing from Fishnish to Lochaline.
Today the sailing vessel Oosterschelde is in Tobermory Bay.
Lying outside the bay is the cruise ship Marco Polo.
Launches are busting back and forth.
On the Mainland opposite Mull is the Drimnin Estate.
Clearly visible are Drimnin Hall and Chapel.
The chapel being recently restored.
After Tobermory we turn out into the Atlantic.
To starboard there are views to the Small Isles, Rum and Eigg.
Today there is a clear view of the 36 metre tall Ardnamurchan Lighthouse.
Our first port of call is the island of Coll.
Leaving Coll, there are clear views of the Treshnish Isles and Mull to port.
Then, to starboard, is the Gunna Sound separating Coll and the Isle of Tiree.
We are now in home waters.
It has been a sail through silvery seas.
Tilley the Turbine, the BT Tower and the Golf Ball are familiar landmarks.
As the ferry enters Gott Bay and comes alongside the pier we have reached home.
What a crossing.
The sun has shone all the way.
And there on the pier are friends waiting to meet us.
This is home-coming – this is ‘Life on Tiree’.