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Unless travelling by plane to Tiree, those coming to the island by ferry during the duration of the winter timetable of necessity have to overnight in Oban. The town is a holiday destination in itself, but for those travelling to the isles it serves as a vital transit point.

Oban

Our arrival in Oban was under the cover of darkness. Having spent Christmas with our family in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire area, we caught the train on Friday morning from Milton Keynes Central Station to Glasgow Central Station. After a brief stop over in Glasgow we then caught the train to Oban.

Argyll Square, Oban

After something to eat and with our luggage safely in our hotel room, we walked to the Railway Pier where both the MV Isle of Mull and the MV Clansman were berthed. How unfestive the MV Isle of Mull appeared alongside the MV Clansman. Surely the ‘Mighty One’ must be one of the most decorated vessels in the CalMac fleet. (The Clansman deserves every award and accolade she has received.)

A Festive MV Clansman

Summer and winter Oban’s front and McCaig’s Toweris tastefully illuminated so in no way does the MV Clansman look out of place. This year her crew have excelled themselves with the ferry lit up from bow to stern. On Friday evening we had time to appreciate the hard work and time that must have been invested in transforming her.

From Bow to Stern

From the Railway Pier we made our way along the Front to the North Pier where the CalMac Loch Class ferry, the MV Loch Striven, was berthed. As we made our way along the Front the MV Isle of Mull set sail for Craignure on Mull. There was also a clear view across to the Lighthouse Pier where the tender the NLV Pharos was berthed. Although brightly lit she had none of the festive cheer of the Clansman.

The MV Clansman sails at 7:15am from the Oban Ferry Terminal bound for Coll and Tiree. Unless sailings have to be altered, primarily due to sea conditions, the ferry leaves the port five days a week for Coll and Tiree. Saturday’s sailing appeared particularly busy.

MV Isle of Mull in Oban Bay

Many of our fellow passengers and their vehicles were travelling to the Isle of Coll to attend a funeral. Although the Isle of Coll has about a third of the population of Tiree, it is often possible to go there and back in a day from Oban. This is possible due to the fact that the ferry generally stops at Coll on the way to and from Tiree.

MV Clansman and NLV Pharos

Anyone visiting Tiree by ferry under the winter timetable must factor in at least a one night stay on the island. On a Tuesday and a Thursday a minimum of two nights is necessary and sometimes this has to extended when the ferry is cancelled due to sea conditions. Thankfully the island has also its airport with its daily link to Glasgow and a twice weekly link to Oban.

A Festive Corner

While off island it was a real pleasure to meet up with family and with several long standing friends. It was a delight to spend quality time with our family over Christmas, but it is also good to be safely back in our island home. God willing we shall see in the New Year here on Tiree.

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