A Stunning Start

As we stood on Tiree’s pier waiting to board the MV Clansman someone commented, “You should get some great photographs this evening.” It was the first leg of our journey to Thame, Oxfordshire, a journey by public transport that would see us passing through, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. The island has enjoyed a period of […]

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Home And Away

On Monday morning the ‘MV Hebrides’ berthed in Oban having  sailed overnight from Liverpool. Later in the day she set sail for Lochmaddy (North Uist) where she berthed overnight. With the ‘MV Hebrides’ back on the ‘Uig Triangle’ (Skye / North Uist / Harris) the ‘Mighty One’ was released to return to Oban.  At 8:29 […]

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Success At Second Attempt

Looking back we are so thankful that we chose to return to Tiree on Tuesday the 4th of January. Although the ferry was unable to berth at the Isle of Coll, it successfully berthed at Tiree, thanks to the great skill of skipper, crew and pier staff. The next scheduled sailing for Coll and Tiree […]

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Home To Tiree

The weather has not been the most conducive to venturing further afield on the island thus the lack of recent posts. With a dental appointment on the Mainland we were keeping a close watch on the weather forecast. The appointment was on the Friday so this meant sailing on the Thursday and returning on the […]

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In The Gunna Sound

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. […]

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Mission Complete

On Sunday 19th September at about 18:45 the tug ‘Fortitude’ with the sea going barge ‘Terra Marique’ departed Gott Bay, Isle Tiree, for the port of Ayr on the River Clyde, her mission completed. This was the third and final sailing the tug and barge had made to and from the island. The barge ‘Terra […]

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The MIGHTY ONE Returns

It’s Thursday the 9th of September and sunshine might have been more appropriate for the return of the ‘Mighty One’. On the other hand the celebratory fireworks stood out against the dark, thundery skies. Due to her sister ship, the ‘MV Hebrides’, requiring to enter dry dock in Birkenhead the ‘MV Clansman’ was sent to […]

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ALL AT SEA

The expression ‘Annus horribilis’ was brought to prominence by Queen Elizabeth II. In a speech at the Guildhall on 24 November 1992.  It is a Latin phrase, meaning ‘horrible year’. For many reasons CMAL/CalMac must feel that 2021 is their ‘Annus horribilis’.   In a press release. March 2017 CMAL stated, ‘The new vessels are […]

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The Crusher

It was Wednesday evening and on a Wednesday in the summer timetable the ferry arrives at 17:00 having sailed out to Barra and returned. Nothing unusual in that as it happens week after week. It was a beautiful sunny evening. {Let it be known that on Monday and Tuesday the Isle of Tiree was the […]

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A Blue Sky Day

Tiree has a reputation to maintain as one of the sunniest places in the United Kingdom and it will be interesting to see the official data for today. Yesterday, even with the mist coming and going, Tiree was the sunniest place in the UK. (For a video of the MV Clansman in the mist here […]

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