The Mighty One Returns! The return is only temporary for now. Today she returned from her visit to Birkenhead. She had gone down south to dry dock for her annual overhaul. Before her trip south she spent a few days working in the Clyde. She was there to replace the MV Caledonian Isles. The latter […]Read more "The Mighty One Returns"
The powers that be have decreed that the MV Clansman leave the waters of the Inner Hebrides for the Firth of Clyde. To facilitate this transfer she was scheduled to leave Oban an hour earlier than normal – 6:15 instead of 7:15 but due to a technical problem her departure was delayed. This untimely transfer […]Read more "“Haste Ye Back!”"
“It’s a braw mornin’.” “Out for your constitutional?” “It’s a fine day, even if a bit chilly!” These were the greetings from this morning. From first light there was a strong hint of a braw morning. There was every evidence there would be a view of the sun rising. So after breakfast it was over […]Read more "A Braw Mornin’"
With no sailing on New Years Day to Tiree, and no scheduled sailing to Coll and Tiree on a Wednesday, Thursday, witnessed the arrival of the the first ferry of the New Year. The MV Clansman arrived at the pier in Gott Bay slightly ahead of schedule. This was perhaps just as well as Oban […]Read more "Overnighting"
It was a week of wild weather. A week when wind and rain conspired together. A week when ferries and flights were cancelled. It was a week when shop shelves could not be restocked. Some days there was little mail to be delivered. The mail arrives from Glasgow by plane. No plane! No post! It […]Read more "What A Week!"
In Scarinish we live close to the pier. We have a long standing love of ferries. (There are no trains or engines on the island!) So it is natural that we should be drawn to the pier. But it is not just the ferries, it is a place where people meet. The ferry and the […]Read more "The Pier 2018"
There is normally no sailing to Tiree on Fridays under the winter timetable. So the stormy conditions that affected much of the network had no impact on Tiree. Throughout the day the wind speed and gusts steadily rose until they reached 68mph. Between 5:00pm and 8:00pm the wind was at its highest. At times the […]Read more "The Day After"