Sunshine and Showers

We woke up to sunshine.
As we started to pack there was a sudden downpour.
So it was to be for most of the day – sunshine and showers.

Later in the night the day’s sunshine was followed by heavy downpours

The previous day we had occasion to visit Baugh.
Millport is an attractive location at any time.
It is especially so when ‘Pelican’ is there.

Low tide at Baugh

Imagine the Victorian picture.
The rustic shore of a Highland Loch.
A Highland cow standing hoof deep in the loch.
At Millport it was a black calf posing for the picture.

Colourful clouds against a deep blue sky

That evening there was no view of the sunset.
What was fascinating were the clouds.
Later they were to bring heavy rain.

MV Clansman in Gott Bay

Packed in good time we made our way to the ferry office.
Tickets purchased we crossed over to the Yellow Hare.
We were foot passengers with time for coffee.

The Lodge Hotel, Gott Bay

Having boarded we went out on deck.
We look out on an island under blue skies.
We looked across to now familiar landmarks.
We looked down towards the friendly, helpful pier staff.

Some of the MV Clansman’s friendly crew at the stern of the ship

Tiree is regarded as one of the more remote Scottish islands.
By ferry it is about four hours from the Mainland Port of Oban.
The latter is about three hours from Glasgow by public transport.
Yet, the time does not appear to drag there is so much to see and do.

A reminder of Tiree – An I.A. MacKinnon lorry boards at Coll

The crew of the MV Clansman are up there among the best.
They are consistently welcoming, friendly and helpful.
They certainly help make the journey pleasurable.

The exchange of Ambulances at Coll

Coll is the only pier stop on the sail to Oban.
On this occasion there was an exchange of ambulances.
It was a case of one ambulance off and another ambulance on.
For some reason the ambulance for Coll had been stranded on Tiree.
The exchange necessitated a driver coming out all the way from Glasgow.

At times the ferry can appear like an addition to the island.
On board you meet and talk with fellow islanders.
In that sense it can help make time for people.

The colourful front at Tobermory

For ferry lovers there is plenty to observe.
The MV Isle of Lewis in the Sound of Mull – Barra bound.
It is always an impressive sight when the two great ferries meet.

The MV Isle of Lewis near to Lochaline

The MV Loch Trabert crossing between Tobermory and Kilcoan.
The MV Lochinvar crossing between Lochaline and Fishnish on Mull.
The diminutive MV Loch Striven sailing between Oban and Lismore.
And the MV Coruisk and MV Isle of Mull on the Craignure shuttle.

Lismore Lighthouse on Eileen Musdile with the Connel Ferry Bridge in the distance

Sunshine and showers were the order of the day for the crossing.
The Isle of Mull was often enveloped in a dark grey blanket.
Often in front the sky was black yet behind it was blue.
However we arrived in Oban to lovely blue skies.
The town looked in holiday mood.

Oban

Under the summer timetable ferry and coach are synchronised.
Is this integration of transport by design or coincidence?
Whatever, there was time to enjoy a cup of coffee.

Falls of Lora, Connel

The afternoon coach went via Crianlarich.
The journey kept to the pattern of sunshine and showers.
What a scenic trip, particular along the shores of Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomond (Tarbert)

Not unexpectedly the traffic was heavy around Balloch.
Nevertheless we were only 15 minutes late in arriving.
With only seconds to spare we made our connection.
Our onward journey being by train.

Sunset from the Braes area above Falkirk

After an 8 hour journey we appreciated a walk.
What a beautiful evening to conclude the day.
The icing on the cake was a colourful sunset.

Sunset

This ‘Life on Tiree’ on and off the island.
Enjoying both sunshine and showers.

For ferry lovers the MV Coruisk in front of Duart Castle

MV Coruisk by Duart Csstle, Isle of Mull