“CANCELLED!”

Tuesday 27th November Due to forecast SE winds gusting in excess of 50 knots with associated sea and swell conditions, today’s Oban /Coll/ Tiree ferry service is cancelled. Wakening up this morning we we were conscious that the wind had risen. It was coming from the South East and we certainly knew it. There was […]

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Safety First

It’s that time of the year when you are very conscious of the weather. Ferry and plane operations are both weather dependent. Fog and crosswinds result in cancellation of the plane. High winds and swell play havoc with the ferry. It is just a fact of island life. The Press and Journal reported that Barra […]

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Summer in Winter

It started with Abigail (A Big Gale) and was quickly followed by a succession of other more powerful storms. Storms Frank, Gertrude and Henry left many on the Mainland without power and shut roads and railway lines. In fact the West Coast Railway Line remains closed in Scotland due to the storm damage wrought upon […]

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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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Christmas Countdown

It’s the Christmas Countdown. The countdown has begun. The tension is mounting. Just one more sailing! Saturday’s Sailing Cancelled – Adverse Weather! Sunday’s Sailing battled through Stormy Waters! Monday’s Sailing Cancelled – Adverse Weather! Tuesday’s Sailing Won Through. Mouseover for titles – Double click for larger pictures Leaving the more sheltered waters of the Sound […]

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Tiree: A Weather Window

It is six days since the ferry last berthed at Tiree and that was on the day the storms broke on the West Coast of Scotland. With another storm track approaching the West Coast, this morning provided a brief weather window for the MV Clansman to berth at Coll and Tiree. Normally under the Winter […]

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