Tiree Maritime Fotos

It’s a special weekend on the island.
This weekend is the 10th Tiree Music Festival.
It’s well under way at the Festival Site at Crossapol.

The wreck of the Mary Stewart in Scarinish Harbour

It’s a busy time.
But the activity is not confined to the festival.
Crofters, fishermen, and many others are hard at work.

A busy Scarinish Harbour with Tiree Sea Tours’ Aurora in the background

Social Media will be populated with photos from the festival.
So for a change here are some Tiree Maritime Fotos.
In a sense it’s an alternate TMF.

Work progressing on the renewal of Milton Harbour

‘Tiree Community Maritime Assets Ltd’. was set up in April of 2018.
It’s a subsidiary company of Tiree Community Development Trust.
TCMAL are responsible for the upkeep and running of the harbours:
Scarinish Old Harbour and the Harbour at Milton …
As well as the moorings in Gott Bay.

Sheep graze contentedly while work progresses on the harbour.

‘Tiree Maritime Fotos’
The first to feature is the Tiree Skiff.
‘An Gille-Brìghde’ is the name of the Tiree St Ayles Skiff.
For those who do not have the Gaelic it means ‘The Oyster Catcher’.
These colourful birds are characteristic of the island.

The Skiff heading towards Gott

It was almost an opportunity missed.
I was walking across the Scarinish headland.
Looking out to sea I saw the Skiff heading towards Gott Bay.
One major problem – I had no camera with me!
A quick phone call was necessary.

The mobile phone camera would have to suffice – not too good for distance shots

Thankfully the phone call resulted in the camera arriving.
Here are the ‘Fotos”

In galleries double click for larger fotos.
See the skill of the crew in more detail.

Heading for Gott Bay

It looked like the skiff had to pull against the breeze.
Co-ordination is vital when rowing.
What do you think cox?

“We made it!”

All was not plain sailing this week on the transport front.
On Tuesday and Wednesday low cloud resulted in no flights.
On Wednesday the MV Clansman had technical problems.
This resulted in a very late crossing to Tiree.

It’s was gone 10:30pm when the MV Clansman headed out to sea bound for a 5:15 arrival in Oban

Later in the week the breakdown of the MV Isle of Lewis resulted in delayed crossings.
Thursday’s loading of 547 persons was exceeded with 606 passengers on Friday.

In from the mist on Thursday morning

Thursday morning and the mist was dense.
On Thursday evening it was still grey.
However, the murk had disappeared.

“Who burnt the toast?”

On Friday the crossing was delayed by 7 hours due to problems in the network.
Arriving for a 6:15am sailing the ferry did not leave Oban till after 1:00pm.
On board were 600 people including festival goers and artists.

There was nothing dull about the welcome sight of Tiree

Gott Bay was the place to be on Saturday.
At one particular moment the count was 8 yachts.
However there must have been at least 10 yachts in total.

On Saturday Gott Bay was the Big Busy Bay

In the TMF Fotos the Lady Kate streaks out of the Bay.
At the same time a yacht enters to make use of the Moorings.

The Lady Kate streaks past a yacht entering the bay

The sun is bathing distant peaks on the Isle of Mull.
They provide a backdrop for Saturday evening’s arrival of the MV Clansman.

The MV Clansman arrives in Gott Bay on Saturday evening.

The Lady Kate puts on a turn of speed passing the Mighty One.
This is one for the TMF Album

The Clansman and the Lady Kate

Conveniently framed by the valley sides of gravel.
The MV Clansman approaches the pier.

The MV Clansman

TMF draws to a close.
We leave the final act to Aurora.
Owned and operated by the island based Tiree Sea Tours.

A matter of perspective.

Aware of the banter of the skipper did he remark,
“You may be bigger than us but we can go MUCH faster.”

This is Life on Tiree with an alternate TMF.

Oyster Catchers and a Gull – Among the residents of Gott Bay