Rise and Shine

We did the rising, the sun did the shining.
After a weekend away for a family event in the Borders,
It was time to return to our home on the beautiful Isle of Tiree.

(In galleries mouse-over for captions and double click for larger photos)

The venue was Aikwood Tower near Selkirk.
The journey home included the new Borders’ rail line.
Then it was city to city from Edinburgh to Glasgow by rail.
Finally, it was the scenic rail journey from Glasgow to Oban.

Our delayed train at Ardlui Station

All weekend the weather had been damp to say the least.
To add insult to injury it was pouring rain in Edinburgh.
However, finally the sun came out in Glasgow!

The MV Isle of Mull through the bow visor of the MV Clansman

Due to a delayed southbound train we were held at Ardlui Station.
It was warm and along with others we stretched our legs.
As a consequence we were late into Oban.
With an early rise It was straight to bed!

Oban Bay across to the Isle of Kerrera with Mull in the background

With a 7:15am sailing the alarm was set for 6:00am.
The short walk to the ferry terminal was in bright sunshine.
From the decks of our ferry the town of Oban was looking its best.

The sail to the Isle of Tiree is through wonderful Hebridean scenery.
The ferry leaves Oban Bay and enters the Sound of Mull.
Then it is into the Passage of Tiree.

We were anticipating travelling with our grandchildren.
You pass castles, lighthouses and other ferries.
In just 2 weeks time it will be so exciting.

Tobermory was the setting for the children’s programme Balamory.
Our grandchildren are too young to remember that series.
They do know about Katie Morag and the Isle of Struay.
No doubt Gran will point out Coll (Isle of Struay).

With the sun shining the upper outside deck was very popular.
Even at 7:15am it was well populated with sun lovers.
Any clouds were thin and wispy.

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

What clear views we enjoyed all the way.
Ardnamurchan Lighthouse
The Treshnish Isles
Duart Castle

Before arriving at Tiree the ferry first calls at Struay (Coll).
One gran this morning pointed out the whale’s jaw bone.
There is indeed much to be observed.

Leaving Arinagour on Coll we get our first sighting of the Golf Ball on Tiree.
The Isle of Coll is our non-identical twin island.
In 55 minutes we will be at Tiree.

At 11:05am our ferry the MV Clansman berthed at Scarinish, Tiree.
The sun was shining and it was great to be home once again.
Later in the afternoon a super yacht arrived in the bay.
We did the rising and the sun has kept shining.

Gott Bay

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.

A luxury yacht in Gott Bay and not the MV Clansman!