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.

The pier in Gott Bay, Scarinish, Isle of Tiree

Traditionally Changeover Day has been a Saturday.
Recently various lets have chosen a different day.
Capacity on the ferry has been an issue.

From the ferry “I-Spy” a castle (Breachacha Castle) on the Isle of Coll

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.)

Cleaning the windows of the Mariners Cafe while at sea.

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.

A view of the MV Coruisk and Oban Bay from the Railway Pier in Oban

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.

The plan came together and we were able to spend time together.
On the Tuesday we visited Oban’s Chocolate Factory.
Then some us us undertook some light exercise.
We climbed up to McCaig’s Tower.

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.

It’s the pier and the Golf Ball – we are almost there.

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.

While tired grandchildren sleep we enjoy a Tiree sunset

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.


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