With no ferry on Sunday because of the wee blow the Clansman was still carrying vehicles and passengers who were unable to rebook on Monday’s fully loaded sailing. The MV Clansman sails first to Colonsay on a Tuesday and upon its return to Oban in the afternoon sails to Coll and Tiree. The vessel […]Read more "Oban Bound"
The streets of Oban are dark as we make our way along the front to the Ferry Terminal. The clock at the Railway Square reveals it is 4:50am, no wonder few people are out and about. However, the lights are on at the Terminal Buildings and the MV Clansman is showing signs of life. It […]Read more "Welcome Home"
“Did you sleep last night?” The question was not asked because it was a gale blowing. In fact it was quite the opposite. We woke to a quiet stillness. A strange experience after more than a week of storms. On the morning following the first storm to hit Scotland, Scotrail cancelled almost every train service. […]Read more "Tiree – “Did you sleep last night?”"
It was not the most promising of mornings, but by noon the sky was transformed. The bright blue sky afforded big views across the Passage of Tiree towards the Treshnish Isles and Mull and to the south to the Paps of Jura. Looking out of our sitting room window we can still see the Paps of […]Read more "Tiree: The Big View"
Life on Tiree boarded the ferry for Oban in order to catch the train to Glasgow and the overnight train to London, eventually arriving in Aylesbury. Before ascending the gangway at Tiree, the question was “Who would be keeping up the blog?” Life on Tiree is pleased to report that the cable ship René Descartes […]Read more "Tiree: Local News From Overseas."
The Caledonian MacBrayne ferry for Tiree leaves the West Coast port of Oban every day in the Summer Timetable and 4 or 5 days a week in the winter timetable. Oban is a bustling town in the summer with all kinds of vessels coming and going – fishing boats, boat trips to watch the seals, […]Read more "Which One is for Tiree?"
At present Orange Marine’s ‘Rene Descartes’ is in the water around Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Tailored-built for Orange Marine in 2002, this cable ship is a versatile, high technology vessel, designed to lay and repair submarine fibre optic systems. The vessel has worked is way up from the Clyde and may well soon […]Read more "News Update"
Life On Tiree can confirm that this week ducting has been put in place at the BT Exchange in Scarinish in readiness to receive the subsea fibre-optic cable. The workmen volunteered that the cable should reach the island within the next twelve months. Sounds hopeful, especially having witnessed surveys of the sea route being made […]Read more "It’s on its way"
This morning we woke up to bright blue skies and frost. There was just enough wind to gently blow through the washing so there was no fear of the “tornado’ pegs failing and the washing being blown to Mull. The walk down to the ferry terminal to watch the MV Hebrides berth was almost idyllic. […]Read more "Blue Skies and Broken Ropes"
It was exciting visiting the Mainland, spending time in Falkirk and district before travelling down to meet up with family in London. It was a real joy and pleasure to be able to join in celebrating our elder daughter’s 40th birthday, even if the celebration was a month late. Each member of the family is […]Read more "Arriving and Departing, Coming and Going"