Hebrides Ushers In Summer

Generally speaking CalMac has only two seasons – Summer and Winter. However this year again it has three seasons for the Isle of Tiree. Like everywhere else in the timetable there are the two seasons but additionally for Tiree there is High Summer. The Summer season commenced on Good Friday (30/03/18). It ought to have […]

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Construct and Destruct

Saturday the 24th of February was the first day of the alternate Winter Timetable. This is the consequence of the MV Clansman being away for its annual overhaul. The replacement vessels cannot match the MV Clansman’s timing. This year the replacement is the MV Hebridean Isles. At least it is meant to be. I set […]

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Ships and Boats

It was Wednesday afternoon. We might have missed it – but we didn’t. We were all together in our living-room. The cry went up, “Look! Look out the window!” The vessel seemed so close. As a result it appeared rather large. It was the Northern Lighthouse vessel ‘Pharos’. We had an appointment at Heylipol. As […]

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A Hebridean Princess

Under the 2016 Summer Timetable the MV Clansman is the dedicated vessel serving the island communities of Coll and Tiree providing a vital link with the Mainland through the port of Oban.  The MV Hebrides normally serves North Uist and Harris linking both islands with the port of Uig on Skye and the Mainland via […]

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No time to say Goodbye

Following the technical problems with the MV Hebrides at Lochmaddy that resulted in the ferry colliding with nearby pontoons and striking rocks below the waterline the vessel will move to Garvel Docks, Greenock. As a consequence the MV Clansman is being redeployed to the Uig Triangle and the MV Lord of the Isles removed from […]

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Wintry Weather Prevails

Black and Blue would be a perfect description of the weather today. One minute the sky is black, the next it is blue. Add in wintry hail showers. Yesterday stormy weather prevailed throughout the day. Consequently both the ferry and the plane were cancelled. Winds were gusting up to 60mph and visibility was very poor. […]

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Sale Day Sailings

On Saturday the 13th February the MV Hebrides, replacement vessel for the MV Clansman which is presently in dry dock, called twice at Tiree. (Mouse-over for captions, double-click for larger pictures) The first sailing arrived Tiree 9:17 and departed 9.44 The majority of the traffic was commercial vehicles. However there were also many foot passengers. […]

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Surreal Dawn to Dusk

This morning before sunrise the MV Hebrides berthed at Tiree. It had been an early start for crew and passengers with the vessel departing the Oban Ferry Terminal at 5:00am. With the ferry unable to sail on Saturday due to Storm Gertrude and cancelled on Monday due to Storm Henry this was the first of two […]

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“Goodbye Hebrides”

No! We are not talking our leave of our island home. Rather, the MV Hebrides which has served the Isle of Tiree for much of the winter timetable took her leave this morning. Clyde built and normally serving on the Uig Triangle (Skye to North Uist and Harris), the Hebrides replaced her sister ferry the MV […]

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Pier View

You would imagine that the residents in ‘Pier View’ would have a clear view of the pier. In fact, few have any view of it. Both Glebe House and the Manse have a good view of it and even friends in Heylipol can see the MV Clansman at the pier. However the best view of […]

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