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"
Yes! That’s correct. Unrestricted travel to, from and around Tiree by imagination. On our last trip we visited the West End of the island to’ Lag na Cleite’, or as it more commonly known ‘Happy Valley’. Today, let us take you on a walk around the East End of the island. North, South, East and West, none […]Read more "Unrestricted Travel Update"
Keeping in touch with family and friends on the Mainland makes us appreciate our life on Tiree. We value their concern as they ask, “How are you? Or say ‘Keep Safe.” A common misunderstanding is that our remoteness somehow means that the island’s residents will be untouched by the virus. However, we have been informed […]Read more "“How Are You?”"
As I stood watching today’s ferry come into the bay and as I watched her approach the pier and berth I felt a deep sense of gratitude. I could not help but think of the skipper and crew of the ferry. Then my mind went to those who handle the ropes. Then I thought of […]Read more "With Gratitude"
CALMAC – Ferry Service CalMac introduces Essential Lifeline Timetable in light of Covid-19 outbreak A new reduced timetable, which runs for an initial three-week period, comes amidst a lockdown on all but essential travel across the UK. It will be subject to continual review in a rapidly changing environment. Please check the service status of […]Read more "Lifeline Services"
“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"
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"
Proverbial. Perhaps the word ‘proverbial’, whether used as an adjective or noun, best sums up the action at the pier today. For starters there is the saying that you wait ages for a bus (in this instance a ferry) and then two come along one after the other. Then there is the saying, ‘ships that […]Read more "Behind Every Cloud"