It’s Tuesday the 30th of June and there is a slight easing of lockdown in Scotland. Today’s ferry had an amazing amount of traffic taking into account that it is only supposed to be sailing at 18% of capacity due to social distancing measures. What was encouraging was to see some of the school teachers […]Read more "Marine Traffic – Ferry Interesting"
On Tuesday the 23 June in support of essential lifeline services there were two sailings from the Mainland port of Oban to Tiree. The first was provided by the MV Clansman which operated according to the the normal lifeline timetable. The lifeline tameable has operated throughout the restrictions placed on transport by the Scottish Government […]Read more "Essential Lifeline Services"
On the 10th of June CMAL (Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd) issued a press release announcing that the Tiree Pier Head Reconstruction Work is to restart. The plan is for preparations to resume the repair work to begin sometime during the week commencing Monday 15 June 2020. Today, Monday the 15th of June, was sunny, warm and calm. It was […]Read more "Pier Works To Recommence"
“Please can you come quickly the camera battery is flat.” “Where are you?” “Near the pier but not too close!” “OK.” “Keeping my distance.” “Be down soon.” Yesterday the ferry was the ‘MV Lord of the Isles’ and due to the low tide and the wind gusting from the SSE around 38mph she struggled to […]Read more "Please – Now Grateful"
There is a saying, ‘Out with the old and in with the new’ and that’s how it was yesterday on Tiree. Although we would have appreciated witnessing the afternoon and evening’s action firsthand, we had to look on from afar. Photographs were posted on social media, but what we valued most was the kindness and […]Read more "In With The New"
From first light this morning it was all go at the pier in Gott Bay, Isle of Tiree. Opening our front door around 7:00am the sound of the crane barge could be heard. Were they about to replace the linkspan? It was time to investigate. Double click in galleries for larger photographs At this point […]Read more "It’s All Go!"
Tiree is still open for business. The linkspan may be closed for replacement, but in every other way Tiree is open for business. The twice daily plane service from/to Glasgow is still operating, the internet is still working, the ferry is still sailing (albeit for foot passengers only), the crofters are still hard at work […]Read more "Open For Business"
With a sense of relief, at long last we appear to have a respite from the relentless gales that have battered the West Coast of Scotland including the Isle of Tiree. Yesterday, Sunday, lived up to its name – a sunny day. In fact by the evening it felt rather odd as there was no […]Read more "Relief"
The weather forecast for the Isle of Tiree was for hail showers while the forecast for the Mainland town of Oban was for wintry showers. We made the short distance from our home to the pier office in the dry, however as we waited for the ferry to berth the clouds broke. Those who work […]Read more "A Wintry Crossing"
It is Monday, 30th December and – unusually for the winter – we have two sailings from Oban to Coll and Tiree. Due to previous weather disruptions, an amended timetable operated today. In the winter there is no sailing on a Friday and due to the strength of the wind and sea conditions both Saturday […]Read more "The Hours of Darkness"