Ferry Good

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.

Life on Tiree
Sunrise over the Scarinish Headland

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.

Sunrise at Scarinish Old Harbour

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.

MV Lord of the Isles alongside the pier at Gott Bay, Tiree

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.

Life-on Tiree
Heading out to sea from Tiree

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.

Looking back on our home – Tiree

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.

Approaching the pier at Coll

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.

The MV Loch Tarbert at Tobermory

En route to Oban we made the customary stop at Coll.
There was no hanging around at the pier.
We were soon underway again.

The Coastguard helicopter passes overhead as we make our way down the Sound of Mull

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.

The MV Hebridean Isles in the Sound of Mull as she heads out to Barra

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.

The MV Lochinvar

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!

Snow capped peaks provide the backdrop to ‘Lismore’ Lighthouse

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.

The MV Isle of Arran from the North Pier and across the deck of the MV Loch Linnhe

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.

The MV Isle of Mull alongside Berth 2 at Oban Ferry Terminal

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 Pole Star at Berth 1

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.

The MV Loch Linnhe at the North Pier

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 MV Lord of the Isles having arrived from Tiree

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.

The MV Lord of the Isles makes way for the MV Isle of Arran

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!

The MV Isle of Mull heads out to sea bound for Craignure on Mull

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.
It has been a ferry good day from sunrise to sunset.


A memory to carry away with us