Essential Lifeline Services

On Tuesday the 23 June in support of essential lifeline services there were two sailings from the Mainland port of Oban to Tiree. The first was provided by the MV Clansman which operated according to the the normal lifeline timetable. The lifeline tameable has operated throughout the restrictions placed on transport by the Scottish Government […]

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Please – Now Grateful

“Please can you come quickly the camera battery is flat.”  “Where are you?” “Near the pier but not too close!” “OK.” “Keeping my distance.” “Be down soon.” Yesterday the ferry was the ‘MV Lord of the Isles’ and due to the low tide and the wind gusting from the SSE around 38mph she struggled to […]

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Behind Every Cloud

Proverbial.  Perhaps the word ‘proverbial’, whether used as an adjective or noun, best sums up the action at the pier today. For starters there is the saying that you wait ages for a bus (in this instance a ferry) and then two come along one after the other. Then there is the saying, ‘ships that […]

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A Brief Respite

The Met Office have issued a weather warning for the weekend that includes the next named storm to strike the UK. Named ‘Storm Dennis’ it is not expected to be as ‘menacing’ as ‘Storm Ciara’. Or will Dennis prove to be a Menace? Steve Ramsdale, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office said: “Another spell of […]

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Absence Makes . . .

You may have noticed that ‘Life-on-Tiree’ has been strangely silent. It is not that we have abandoned the island or the blog. It is simply that we have been absent. Absence means in most instances no posts. The prolonged silence was down to several factors. We were busy the week before leaving for the Mainland. […]

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Maritime Memories 2018

Maritime Memories 2018 It is that time of year to look back over the past year. Here are a few maritime memories associated with the Isle of Tiree. Maritime matters on the Isle of Tiree. Throughout the year surfers visit our shores. The ferry serves as a lifeline link to the Scottish Mainland. There is […]

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Pier Watch

One day, two sailings and two different ferries. It is not often that this happens on Tiree. It had to be the Tiree Music Festival. It had to be the day after TMF. Leaving Oban at 5:45am the first ferry arrived at 10:00am. The MV Isle of Mull was rostered as she can carry more […]

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A Colourful Spectacle

This morning the bay was a hive of activity. There were all manner of comings and goings. However it was mainly goings – vehicles and passengers. There were several moored yachts. Other craft were causing a wave. And then there was the ferry. Before 8:00am vehicles and foot passengers had begun arriving. Coaches provided a […]

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Ready! Steady!

On your marks! Get ready! Wait for it! Go is at 2:00pm, Saturday 5th May, 2018. The race event is the Tiree 10K and Half-Marathon. It appeared as if external circumstances were conspiring against it. First of all the MV Clansman required extensive unplanned for repairs. And for several months now the ferry service has […]

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Barra and Back

Today the weekly Summer Sailing from Tiree to Barra and back commenced. This was one weekly later than originally advertised. And this was due to vessel redeployment issues. The MV Clansman is still in dry dock! Until further notice this service is being operated by the MV Lord of the Isles. In the past she […]

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