There is normally no sailing to Tiree on Fridays under the winter timetable. So the stormy conditions that affected much of the network had no impact on Tiree. Throughout the day the wind speed and gusts steadily rose until they reached 68mph. Between 5:00pm and 8:00pm the wind was at its highest. At times the […]Read more "The Day After"
‘The Mighty Clansman and a Hebridean Princess’. It sounds like a folk tale. It even has a Hebridean ring to it. The tale begins at Gott Bay, the Isle of Tiree. It is Monday the 15th October 2018. At 8:45 the Hebridean Princess slipped into Gott Bay. And at 8:55 she berthed alongside the pier […]Read more "The Clansman And A Princess"
The day before Storm Callum struck began with winds gusting to 39mph from the SE. When the ferry arrived it was prepared to drop its anchor in order to berth safely. The previous day had been like a dress rehearsal for the occasion. With the anchor weighed the Clansman headed out to sea. Compared to the […]Read more "Calm Before Callum"
You learn something new every day. Today the learning curve concerned anchors. To be more specific it concerned the phrase ‘anchors aweigh’. The phrase is often misspelled as ‘anchors away’. This has led to confusion as to its proper meaning. The common misconception is that it means to ‘drop anchor’. It would appear that the […]Read more "Anchor Aweigh"
There are very few deciduous trees on Tiree. The normal mainland indicators of autumn are missing. There are no golds, yellows or reds, no conkers and no leaves to kick. Island Colours of Autumn However, the yellow irises are preparing for their winter repose. Their green leaves are turning brown as they die back. Very […]Read more "The Colours of Autumn"
On Friday the MV Clansman was alongside the pier. Her ropes were secured but her ramp was not yet lowered. At this point the morning flight from Glasgow appeared overhead. It was a reminder that both ferry and plane are a vital lifeline to the Mainland. Television in all its forms provides a window on […]Read more "A Lifeline!"
Weather Warning! It’s the Autumn Equinox. So the current weather forecast is no surprise. No storm is on the horizon but the forecast is for a wee blow. The wind is forecast to gust up to 47mph on Tuesday afternoon. By the time the ferry is due the gusts are forecast to reduce to 44mph. […]Read more "Weather Warning"