That Sinking Feeling!

Do you know the feeling? You turn the key in the ignition. Perhaps there might be a slight cough. But your car steadfastly refuses to start. After a pause you make a further attempt. Nothing happens! When you try the ignition and nothing happens it is concerning. It produces a sinking feeling in the pit of the […]

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When the boat comes in

During the summer 2016 timetable the Wednesday sailing from Oban to Coll and Tiree continues onward to Barra and then returns to Tiree. This enables visitors to spend six hours exploring Tiree and permits traffic to sail directly between Tiree and Barra. With this evening’s return sailing alongside Tiree’s pier the fishing boat ‘Atlantis’ arrives home in the […]

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One Off – One ON

This evening was the last additional sailing in connection with the Music Festival. It provided another afternoon sailing to the island from Oban. It avoided an early morning rise for those travelling. It enabled those wishing to the visit Tiree for the day to do so. Instead of the return sailing to Barra, it was […]

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All Go at the Pier

Today it’s been all go at the pier. Marine Traffic revealed the presence of a unexpected visitor. This was an event that certainly had to be investigated. The vessel was berthed alongside the pier. Two tractors and trailers were busy helping with the unloading. The MV Burhou is owned and operated by the Great Glen Shipping Company. The MV Burhou […]

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A Grand Day Out

This morning at 10:00 the PS Waverley departed from Oban North Pier calling at Tobermory and Tiree before providing a cruise of the Gunna Sound – this is the sound that separates the islands of Coll and Tiree. What a perfect day for a sail up the Sound of Mull and out into the Passage […]

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Follow the Leader

Leader (1892) is the largest and oldest of the remaining legendary Brixham trawlers. She was one of the largest of the Brixham sailing trawlers, known, despite their Ketch rig, as the ‘Big Sloops’. Leader last visited Tiree in June 2015 The yacht dropped anchor in Gott Bay on Sunday. She was one of many visitors to Tiree […]

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Wylde Swan Returns

How appropriate that the sailing ship ‘Wylde Swan’ should return to the island this particular week. This is A’ Bhuain – Tiree Home Coming 2016. With so many events taking place each day few were probably aware of the return of the ‘Wylde Swan’. As the audience were gathering for Mabel Macarthur’s play at An Talla […]

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The Clansman and the Princess

‘The Clansman and the Hebridean Princess’ sounds like a tale from Tiree’s mythology; it is in fact a record of the visit of two vessels from different eras in the history of modern day shipping on the west coast of Scotland. With the petrol pumps dry at the island’s only garage and Friday’s sailing cancelled […]

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Hogmanay Excitement

With no ferry since Sunday as a consequence of adverse weather, the arrival of today’s sailing was much anticipated. The last ferry on this service for 2015. Once again we were treated at 9:05 to a colourful sunrise, but by the time the vessel entered Gott Bay low cloud and driving drizzle put a damper on […]

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Breath Taking

She did it! The MV Clansman certainly deserves her appellative “The Mighty One”. With adverse weather forecast she was operating to a revised timetable. She left the Ferry Terminal at Oban at 5:45  (1 hour and 30 minutes early). After safely berthing at Coll she set to sea bound for Gott Bay, Tiree. Driving rain and low […]

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