The Tiree Wave Classic is over for another year. Many of the surfers left the island over the weekend. Although some are still present the island feels much quieter. This is particularly noticeable as you negotiate our single track roads.
Today marked the start of the ferry’s winter timetable. This means there is no ferry on a Wednesday or Friday. This is an important consideration when travelling by ferry. If a sailing is cancelled it can result in two extra nights in Oban.
It is especially important to keep an eye on the weather forecast. The forecast for Tuesday is for winds gusting to over 40mph. We did not want to risk Tuesday’s ferry being unable to berth. So we made the decision to sail for the Mainland today.
We wanted to ensure arriving In Motherwell on time as Thursday is the start of the Baptist Union of Scotland’s Assembly. Our hope for the remainder of our party is that there is a sailing on Tuesday. It is always such an encouragement to be part of this annual family event.
The week of the Wave Classic was a bit of a mixed bag. There were wild, windy days with dark grey skies and there were bright sunny days. Each had their own highlights.
We were unable to witness the action on the waves. Nevertheless the sky above was of great interest. You might say this is where the real action is.
Sunrise and sunset have been short lived but often colourful. There have been intense rainbows and inky black skies. What it is to live under Tiree’s big sky.
As we took our temporary leave of Tiree it felt dark. In some ways the day felt more like winter than autumn. There was a grey shroud hanging over the Sound of Mull. Yet occasionally a shaft of sunlight would break through the mist.
It was on one such occasion that we overtook the Hebridean Princess. To think it was just a week ago this small cruise ship visited Tiree. This evening she is lying off Craignure (Isle of Mull).
For the most part the journey was uneventful. As we past Lismore Lighthouse we met the MV Courisk bound for Craignure. We held to starboard with the Lady Rock Light on our port side.
Our ferry the MV Clansman arrived in Oban to blue sky. However It was not long until dark clouds began to dominate. Briefly the sky to the west was most atmospheric.
This is Life on Tiree reporting from Oban.