It’s Winter. It’s the month of February. Stormy weather is to be expected. This past week the Met Office issued the following warning, A deep area of low-pressure will track northeast across Britain through Friday and Saturday, bringing strong winds and gales to parts of Northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland. Met Éireann named the […]Read more "Eriksome"
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 […]Read more "Construct and Destruct"
This year we saw in the New Year in Dundee What an enjoyable time we spent in the City of Discovery. It included a visit to the Dundee Rep Theatre to see ‘A Christmas Carol’. On New Year’s Day we witnessed the annual ‘Big Dook’ at Broughty Ferry. Our return journey was by Megabus to […]Read more "A Watery Welcome"
At the pier this evening: “Where were you this morning?” “You should have been here this morning!” “You should have seen the cant on the vessel!” The weather forecast was accurate. We experienced winds gusting up to 47mph. However we were spared thunder and lightening. Thankfully there was a weather window for the plane to […]Read more "Stormy Seas"
With the wind forecast to gust up to 51mph the decision was made to operate to a revised timetable with the Coll/Tiree sailing departing Oban at 8:45am instead of 7:15am. Throughout the morning the wind had been steadily rising. The wind peaked between 10:00am and 11:00am At that point the gusts were 52mph. The ferry […]Read more "Nae Problem!"
It’s hard to believe the complete transformation! We woke up to the sound of silence. No howling gale, just stillness. Monday 3:00pm and we are in the midst of a storm. Winds on the island were gusting to 70mph. The sea around the island was in turmoil. The car was being rocked by the wind. And the […]Read more "Just 24 Hours Later"
Magnificent! Mad! Monday. There is no doubt it is magnificent. At this point in time the storm is still raging. The question is whether it was mad to go out in it? It wasn’t until 6:00am that the wind started to gust. Even at that early hour of the day the gusts were only 30mph. At 7:50am […]Read more "Magnificent Mad Monday"