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 their service.
The experience starts with the friendly service at the Pier Office.
Staffed by islanders they go above and beyond the call of duty.
They are great ambassadors for the Isle of Tiree.
How we appreciate their helpfulness —
Office and Pier Staff.
This was the penultimate sailing of the ‘Lord of the Isles’ to Oban.
Tomorrow it will be back on duty at Mallaig serving South Uist.
For two weeks they have served Coll and Tiree.
For some of the time in difficult conditions.
From the moment we boarded they were most helpful.
A crew member saw, as foot passengers, we had heavy cases.
He called the lift and took us up to the passenger accommodation.
Our friendly greetings were warmly accepted and reciprocated by all.
The catering crew members take pleasure in giving friendly, helpful service.
Travel by ferry is like an extension of island life.
There were friends on the pier there to wave goodbye.
On board you meet friends and neighbours and talk if you wish.
Today we spent much of the journey with church family members.
They had spent a week visiting Tiree, staying in the home of friends.
It was a a particular joy to spend time with them and their four children.
Four hours after leaving Tiree we are about to berth at Oban Ferry Terminal.
Both berths are occupied and we have to wait patiently before entering.
There isn’t too long to wait for the MV Isle of Lewis to depart for Barra.
As we step ashore there are goodbyes and a welcome.
The crew have still to make a return trip to Tiree.
It will be a late night for them again.
Too often there are complaints when there ought to be congratulations.
Those who work shoreside and on board are to be thanked.
Both often serve in trying weather conditions.
There is only one regret.
Not being on Tiree to see the visit of the MV Hebrides.
It will make a sailing to the Island before heading up to Uig on Skye.
And if allowed one more disappointment – being present for the Clansman’s return.
This is ‘Life on Tiree’.