Autumn Glory

It is great to be back home on Tiree, having spent two weeks away on the Mainland, first of all to join in a family 40th Birthday celebration, and secondly to attend the Baptist Union of Scotland Assembly. Our trip took us first of all to Falkirk, then south to Thame in Oxfordshire, then across […]

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A Hebridean Princess

Under the 2016 Summer Timetable the MV Clansman is the dedicated vessel serving the island communities of Coll and Tiree providing a vital link with the Mainland through the port of Oban.  The MV Hebrides normally serves North Uist and Harris linking both islands with the port of Uig on Skye and the Mainland via […]

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First Class Service

We are aboard the MV Lord of the Isles Oban bound. Our onward journey will take us on several trains. However, the ferry will be a tough act to follow. And not just because of the scenery. CalMac must be congratulated. Their customer services are second to none. Little wonder they rightly win awards for […]

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Tiree’s Classic Wave

Tiree is famous for its wave. Car drivers wave, pedestrians wave, most people wave. It has been said “If you go off island and you are still waving at Connel be worried. If you are still waving at Crianlarich you perhaps ought to seek help.” However, the Isle of Tiree is equally famous for the […]

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Tiree’s New Pier Master

The Skipper thanks the Pier Master for thirty years of faithful service. At the end of this tribute there is spontaneous applause. Members of the ferry’s catering staff join in. The date is 27th August 2016 Video of the retiring pier master and his successor As the Clansman salutes the retiring pier master Roddy Mackay his […]

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Penultimate Passage.

This being Wednesday the ferry sails from Tiree to Barra and returns. It is the penultimate crossing of the summer timetable. And the sun shone brightly for the occasion. Some passengers arriving in Tiree in the morning from Oban and Coll were making the most of the opportunity to spend the afternoon on Tiree before the ferry […]

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36 Hours +

Monday begins with a beautiful, colourful sky Looking south towards Jura is inspiring. We open the curtains to this view. For about 45 minutes the sky is like an artist’s palette. To think this is the view over breakfast. Porridge with a difference. Mouse-over for captions, double-click for larger pictures. Soon reds give way to […]

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Seal Mates

What a bright, even warm, autumn day. Sky and sea are magnificent shades of blue. A day to take a walk along Balinoe (Soroby) Beach. As we walk down onto the beach to our right is the crofting township of Balemartine, and further along the coastline is the township of Mannal while straight ahead, on […]

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Lights Please

It is an unusual occurence. It is more associated with cattle or sheep sales. It is not often a ferry arrives in Tiree in the hours of darkness. Yet, twice this week the MV Lord of the Isles has arrived after sunset. The MV Lord of the Isles approaching Tiree’s pier. The MV Hebrides is in Garvel Dry […]

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Autumnal ‘Appenings

What a week! It’s been a real talking point. Amazing Sunrises and Sunsets. Sunshine and Strong South Easterly winds. And we are just over half way through the week. The ferry was given the green light over the weekend. With an amber light for Monday many travellers sailed on Sunday. It was indeed a wise decision […]

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