Oban Odyssey Outbound from Tiree

The MV Clansman departed Tiree on schedule bound for Coll and Oban. Visibility was poor due to low cloud and mist. There was little opportunity to photograph the scenery that were sailing through. Leaving Coll we sat down to lunch in the Mariner's Cafe. As we progressed down the Sound of Mull there was an announcement that the crew would be carrying out the weekly test of the Fast Response Craft. This brought a a splash of colour and action to an otherwise grey world.

The preparation, launch, exercise and return of the FRC

As the FRC sped across the calm waters of the Sound the MV Isle of Lewis came out of the mist heading for Castlebay, Barra.

The calm waters in the Sound of Mull.

Having just read Mark Nicholson's book, 'MV Isle of Lewis', a much appreciated Christmas present, it brought a fresh insight into the vessel passing us as we came to a stop to winch the FRC back on board.

The MV Isle of Lewis coming out of the Mist and passing the MV Clansman

As a consequence of the FRC exercise we arrived in Oban later than our scheduled arrival time, but no one was complaining. Such testing is for safety reasons. It was not long before darkness daescended on the town and Bay.

The MV Clansman berthed at Oban Ferry Terminal

Abandoning our luggage and camera bag, we relied upon our trusted mobile phone to capture the evening's waterfront scene.

MV Lord of the Isles, Loch Striven and NLB vessel Pole Star

Tomorrow morning the MV Clansman is due to leave Oban bound for Coll and Tiree at 7:15. No doubt we will see the MV Isle of Mull in daylight hours, before heading south to meet up with family.

Oban Bay on a previous evening - an evening without mist.

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