When the Mist comes in

I’ve just read these words, “It’s wet and windy.”
They come from a blog that we subscribe to:
The Bg Garden and Croft.

The Loganair Twin Otter approaching over Scarinish and the BT Tower

The blog is by Jonathan and Denise
who live and work from their home
in South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

The Twin Otter about to land at Tiree Airport

Yesterday morning was sunny
but by late afternoon the mist was descending
and we wondered if the plane from Glasgow would arrive.
We had reason to be concerned for we were expecting a visitor.
Thankfully the little de Havilland Canada DHC-6 ‘Twin Otter’ made it.

Monday’s inbound flight taxis to the stand at Tiree Airport

It was a different matter this evening
The cloud base (or mist) was much lower.
However the plane left Glasgow bound for Tiree.

Monday’s flight arrives at Tiree Airport – thankfully!

About 18 miles short of Tiree the plane turned back.
It had just passed the Isle of Iona when it changed course.
How disappointing it must have been for those on board the flight.

NATS image from ‘Airspace Explorer’ of the flight

It means a night spent in Glasgow.
Hopefully the weather will have improved by tomorrow.
They will also be hoping that there is space on the morning flight.
There are only about 14 seats and no guarantee the plane is not fully booked.

The MV Clansman comes in from the mist and murk

It was misty and murky out in the Passage of Tiree.
In the Summer Timetable Tuesday is termed a late crossing.
The boat leaves Oban at 3:00pm and arrives at Tiree at 6:50pm.

The MV Clansman prepares to turn in order to berth

It was not until the ferry was in Gott Bay that it was discerable.
Someone remarked that it had turned off its cloaking device.
Gradually theMV Clansman became clearer and clearer.
The sailing was on a yellow alert due to the wind.
However there was no difficulty in berthing.

The MV Clansman with ropes secured and about to winch the gangway up.

Yet again it was a well loaded ferry inbound to Tiree.
There were not so many vehicles crossing over to Oban.
But then the arrival time in Oban this evening is not until 10:40pm.

Lights on – cars stream up the pier and onto the island from Tuesday evening’s ferry.

This is ‘Life on Tiree’ when the mist comes in.
It just goes to show it isn’t always sunny on the Isle of Tiree.

[NATS Airspace Explorer is a new app for the iPad and is to be commended]