One of the features of Island Life on Tiree is Changeover Day.
Those occupying holiday lets have to vacate the property.
The accommodation has to be cleaned and prepared.
A few hours later the next guests enter.
Traditionally Changeover Day has been a Saturday.
Recently various lets have chosen a different day.
Capacity on the ferry has been an issue.
Thankfully capacity has been increased.
The (larger) MV Clansman is the dedicated vessel
And in peak season there are now two Saturday sailings.
This has gone a long way towards resolving the capacity issue.
(On the busy Saturday sailing ‘a last minute’ booking can still be difficult.)
As a family this has been the year of the visitor.
It has been a real pleasure to welcome many guests to our home.
Family and friends have often often undertaken a long journey to visit us.
On Monday our eldest son began his journey south.
At the same time our youngest daughter and family were heading north.
Their paths crossed in Oban – a golden opportunity for a family gathering.
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Tuesday’s ferry departs Oban at 3:00pm.
This later sailing gives a whole morning in Oban.
So we accompanied our son on Monday’s sailing to Oban.
Spot our grandson’s photograph
For our two grand-children, both under 5, waiting is difficult.
Especially when you live in London and buses are frequent.
But eventually with great excitement we boarded the ferry.
The ropes were thrown and the adventure began.
There is a ferry to be explored.
There is a children’s play area on board.
There is the Mariners Cafe for our evening meal.
There are castles, lighthouses and other ferries to see en route.
At Tobermory there are tales to be told of a sunken ship and Spanish gold.
What a day to sail from Oban to Tiree.
When we arrived at 6:50pm the sun was still shining.
And while the tired grandchildren slept we enjoyed the sunset.
Spades and pails need to be sorted out for the beach.
“Can we visit the Secret Passage today?”
“What’s the Ringing Stone?”
So much to see and do.
This is ‘Life on Tiree’.