“CANCELLED!”

Tuesday 27th November
Due to forecast SE winds
gusting in excess of 50 knots
with associated sea and swell conditions,
today’s Oban /Coll/ Tiree ferry service is cancelled.

First Light’s stormy skies

Wakening up this morning we we were conscious that the wind had risen.
It was coming from the South East and we certainly knew it.
There was a stormy look to the sky at first light.
There were fiery reds among the dark clouds.

Looking out towards the Isle of Mull as the sun rises

High Tide was at 8:02am.
After breakfast a walk to the pier was in order.
It was a case of head down and lean into the wind.

Sunrise

The timing could hardly have been better.
The sun was just rising over the distant horizon.
At this time of the year sunrise is towards the Ross of Mull.

At the pier gulls were riding the winds and the waves.
With the wind from the south east the swell was powering in.
Perhaps it was the stormy conditions that had brought in so many.

Powerful waves

The wind was gusting towards the 50mph mark.
As the morning wore on it continued to rise towards 60mph.
Even at that the waves were over topping the pier’s roundhead.

Waves topping the roundhead

The Isle of Mull was the backdrop to some exciting waves crashing on the rocks.
The scene was all the more dramatic with black clouds and sunrise.
Just for added effect gulls would hang on the gusting wind.

The ferry is cancelled

Tomorrow, Wednesday, in the winter timetable there is normally no sailing.
With the winds forecast to rise there is no possibility of any relief sailing to Tiree.
The next crossing is on Thursday morning and for that the swell will need to abate.

Today had been stormy.
The wind is driving rain into the windows now.
But if today has been stormy tomorrow is forecast to be wild.

Sunrise over the Passage of Tiree

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