When it comes to timetables CalMac knows only two seasons, Summer and Winter. Strictly speaking on the Oban, Coll and Tiree route they know three seasons, Summer, High Summer and Winter. However, the High season is listed under the Summer season. The High Summer season has long gone ending on Saturday the 21st of August. […]Read more "In The Gunna Sound"
The Isle of Tiree has had a busy summer with many visitors, old and new, heeding government advice to have a staycation. Recently our church family on the island have had the pleasure of welcoming visitors to the Sunday Gathering. It has been a particular joy to welcome visitors to our home and sometimes taking […]Read more "Visiting The Neighbours"
It almost seems strange to say that we left behind the relative warmth of Tiree for the freezing temperatures of the Mainland. Yet, strange as it might seem that is what we did on Saturday. The Isle of Tiree has a mild climate with some of the highest levels of sunshine recorded anywhere in the […]Read more "Plus To Minus"
Gone visiting. Yes. That’s correct. On Wednesday we visited the neighbours. Coll and Tiree are near neighbours separated by the Gunna Sound. It is only a narrow navigable channel yet by ferry it takes about an hour to travel between the two islands. Inter-island travel can take days and not hours. In calm conditions, during […]Read more "Gone Visiting"
We are out West heading between Manal and Hynish. There she appeared the Matriarch of the Machair. There she stood between the rocks. Yet only metres from the shore. It is three weeks since we returned to Tiree from our holiday. In that time we have enjoyed a spell of sunny, dry weather. This is […]Read more "Matriarch of the Machair"
The words often seem to go together. Most CalMac ferries sail to a single island. The sailing from Oban is normally for Coll and Tiree. So the names appear together in the timetables. In Oban Ferry Terminal the announcer follows the same pattern. “The ferry for Coll and Tiree is now boarding from Gate Number […]Read more "“Coll and Tiree”"
Our journey south took us to London where for a few days we enjoyed warm springlike days but our departure from London was in snowy, wintry conditions. Thankfully the journey north was uncomplicated. Our arrival in Glasgow by train was to time. There was even time for a cuppa. Overrunning roadworks meant congestion. The coach […]Read more "Homeward Bound"
Just across the Gunna Sound from Tiree lies the Island of Coll. A visit normally involves at least one overnight stay. Yet, the island is is no more than two miles away. It is our closest neighbour. On a Wednesday, in the Summer timetable, the ferry leaves Oban. It stops at Coll before sailing to […]Read more "Sale Day Sail"
This being Wednesday the ferry sails from Tiree to Barra and returns. It is the penultimate crossing of the summer timetable. And the sun shone brightly for the occasion. Some passengers arriving in Tiree in the morning from Oban and Coll were making the most of the opportunity to spend the afternoon on Tiree before the ferry […]Read more "Penultimate Passage."
The alarm clock rings out. It’s only 5:50am but we must leave blanket bay. In just over an hour the ferry will be sailing for Tiree. (Mouse-over for captions and double-click for larger pictures in galleries) Down in the hotel dining room by 6:30 there is time for a quick bowl of cereal before crossing […]Read more "Homeward Bound"