The sea was calm.
There was just the hint of a breeze.
In so many ways it was a ferry good day.
It was a ferry good day to travel to the Mainland.
Living on an island you are more aware of the weather.
This is especially so when you want to travel.
The weather can lead to cancellations.
The ferry is due to wind and swell.
The plane is due to visibility.
The wind was forecast to rise on Tuesday.
Thus the hasty decision to travel on Monday.
It was indeed a ferry good day to make the crossing.
The morning dawned with a beautiful sunrise.
By the time we sailed (12:10) there was a splight haze.
As a consequence much of the scenery lacked real detail.
Islands were discernible but lacked definition.
Approaching Oban snow capped peaks were a feature.
But it was the other ferries that characterised Monday’s crossing.
Our first ferry was an immersive experience.
Well not quite literally! It was our ferry of the day.
We made the crossing from Tiree on the MV Lord of the Isles.
The MV Clansman is in dry dock for her annual overhaul.
The MV Lord of the Isles is the replacement vessel.
Travellers’ personal preferences are interesting.
One person’s meat is another’s poison.
Not that ferries can be poison.
En route to Oban we made the customary stop at Coll.
There was no hanging around at the pier.
We were soon underway again.
It was in the Sound of Mull we encountered our next ferry.
We caught sight of the MV Loch Tarbert.
She was berthed at Tobermory.
As we progressed down the Sound we met the next ferry.
The MV Hebridean Isles was on her way to Barra.
Last year she had an unfortunate experience.
She suffered damage berthing at Tiree.
A berthing that had to be abandoned.
Since that visit last February she has not returned to Tiree.
Rumour has it that the Master refuses to come.
Others say it is the wait for the accident report.
Yet she crosses the Little Minch!
There are three crossings to Mull from the Mainland.
The best known is Oban to Craignure.
There is Kilchoan to Tobermory.
The other is Lochaline to Fishnish.
Here we saw MV Lochinvar.
We then caught sight of the MV Isle of Arran in the distance.
She was sailing from Colonsay to the Oban Ferry Terminal.
She would later sail to Lochboisdale, South Uist.
At Oban Linkspan 1 is being replaced.
The MV Isle of Mull was alongside Linkspan 2.
We had to stand off briefly until the Isle of Mull departed.
The NLB vessel Pole Star was alongside Linkspan 1.
Well that is alongside the pier minus the Linkspan.
Alongside Lighthouse Pier were 2 fishing boats.
Two vessels were alongside North Pier.
One of them was the CalMac ferry Loch Linnhe.
With only 1 Linkspan turnarounds has a military precision.
The Lord of the Isles had to leave Linkspan 2
This to allow the Isle of Arran to come alongside.
Then when the Isle of Arran departed the Isle of Mull berthed.
Our crossing was a ferry good day for ferry enthusiasts.
Our brief stay in the ferry capital was an added bonus.
Coffee with a view onto Oban Bay. Wow!
This is ‘Life on Tiree’.
It has been a ferry good day from sunrise to sunset.