One Sunny Day

Saturday 20th January has been one sunny day.
It is especially noticeable after a week of wild wintry weather.
The week has included high winds, hail, snow, frost and today sunshine.



We escaped the worst of the named storms that have hit the UK during the week.
We also saw little of the snow that brought traffic chaos on the Mainland.
Black ice and low visibility have resulted in some flight cancellations.
Thanks to some amended timetabling the ferry has won through.
We have got off very lightly!

The frozen lochen at the head of Pier Road, Scarinish

Most unusually the snow that fell earlier in the week has hung around.
With today’s sunshine the snow and ice have taken fright.
However there are still a few patches to be seen.
With clear skies ice could form this evening.

The slippery footpath leading to the Memorial in Pier Road, Scarinish

There was no national alert for ice on the Isle of Tiree at 11:00 in the morning.
There could well have been as it was extremely slippy underfoot.
Even the road down to the Ferry terminal was still icy.

The MV Clansman enters Gott Bat against the backdrop of Mull and its Munro

In the clear air under the blue sky the views all around were breathtaking.
Ben More on Mull provided the backdrop for the approaching ferry.
The Rum Cuillin was a backdrop for Ruaig and the ferry.
The MV Clansman arrived in a sunlit Gott Bay.
She looked magnificent.

The MV Clansman alongside the pier at Scarinish, Isle of Tiree

With blue sky and hardly a breath of wind it has appeared fine.
Even with a low of 0.6 ° and a high of 5.1 ° it has still felt mild.
It is the absence of the wind that makes all the difference.
There has been no wind chill factor.

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Walking to the CO-OP store was thus enjoyable.
The only thing was you kept stopping to admire the 360° panorama.
The view to the Isle of Mull, Rum and the Ardnamurchan Peninsular was so sharp.



On a day like today it is hard to believe that tomorrow’s ferry is on an alert.
Due to a forecast of South Easterly winds gusting to 46 knots
which are forecast to peak at 1300,
the Clansman will now operate
to an amended timetable.

Scarinish Old Harbour with the snow capped peaks on Mull and the Mainland beyond.

It is a rerun of last’s Sunday’s early sailing:
Depart Oban: 0400 – Arrive Tiree: 0720
Depart Tiree: 0735 – Arrive Coll: 0830
Depart Coll: 0840 – Arrive Oban: 1120

A sunlit calm Passage of Tiree

As the sun begun to drop close to Ben Hynish the sky was attractive.
It heralded the end of daylight hours marked by sunshine.
It has been one sunny day.

Ben Hynish appearing so close to Scarinish as daylight draws in

A day that closed as it began – peacefully.

A Pastoral Scene on the Machair as daylight draws in

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.

A wee video of the MV Clansman heading away from the pier on this sunny day.

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