Car Ferries

Over The Sea To Islay, Scotland

To continue on with our journey after visiting Tarbert, in 2016, we caught the ferry from Kennecraig to Port Askaig on the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland.  The weather was perfect and it felt like a mini cruise, especially as we had a fish & chip supper on board.  We landed at Port Askaig and our hotel was a stones throw away from the terminal.  We settled in at the hotel and after exploring Port Askaig, which didn’t take long, we visited the bar of the hotel.  We had come to Islay and Jura, for the Whisky Festivals. So to get into the swing of it, we had a few drinks in the bar and got to met fellow Whiskey drinkers……they were quite of few……this is something that is taken very seriously, note books came out and drinks ticked off.  The next day we caught the ferry to Jura, on the smaller blue ferry you can see in the photos.  We were now on our way to Jura’s Whisky Festival and to explore this wild and rugged island…….more to follow.

 

 

Sailing to the Isle of Tiree – Scotland

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It took us about four hours to sail from Oban on the west coast of Scotland to the beautiful Island of Tiree.  The ferry sailed about 7.00 am and we had to be there for about 6.oo am, as we were taking our little car with us.  I just wanted to make sure that we would get to see a lot more of the Island than just by walking.  We did see nearly all of the Island and this will be covered by other posts, but this post is just on leaving Oban and arriving at Tiree…..it was just like a little mini cruise.  The ferry stops at Coll, which we visited 2 years ago and then when it left us at Tiree, it was travelling on to Barra, which we have also visited and worked our way up the Outer Hebrides.  We also pass the two castle on Coll, which I have posted about, it was strange to see them from the sea, they looked quite different.  Also the Hebridean Princess was moored at Coll and then followed us to Tiree, a wonderful way to travel, but just a little too expensive for us, but it was lovely to take photos of her.  So this is really just a visual sea trip, that we really enjoyed 🙂

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We were waiting to board the ferry, it was one of those beautiful early sunny mornings.

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Leaving Oban, the water was so calm.

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Isle of Coll

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The Hebridean Princess at Coll.

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The two castles on Coll.

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May 2016

Achnacroish Old Pier & Farewell to the Isle of Lismore, Scotland

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The old ferry building and pier at Achnacroish on the Isle of Lismore, off the west coast of Scotland.  This, in years gone past, is were you would have landed or embarked, but now there is a slipway, which the car ferry lowers it’s ramp onto and then you sail to or return from Oban.  This is what we did in May 2016 and I have posted loads of photos of this beautiful little island, but this post is about leaving the Island……until next year 🙂

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It is now dangerous to enter the building and really even to walk to the end, we stayed well back and I zoomed in for some close ups.  I found a plaque on the wall dated 1880, I should think this was the date the pier was built.   It does make a nice subject to photograph when you are waiting for the ferry, and as we were waiting, the sun came out for the first time all day.

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This is how you do it now, a lot safer, roll on roll off.  There are also some wonderful views to admire while you try to pick out the little ferry on the horizon.  Although Nancy didn’t really want to leave, just look at that face.  We did enjoy our trip and it has given us a taste to go back again and hopefully the sun will shine next time.

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The sailing takes about an hour, the trip was quite smooth and Nancy and my husband did some sun bathing on the deck.

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My First Slideshow, Isle of Mull, Scotland

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I am experimenting, my first sideshow….. its nice to have a change once and a while.  I have chosen the drive after we had left the Corran Ferry in 2013, from yesterdays post.  We then drove about 30 miles to catch another ferry to take us to the Isle of Mull, which we drove across and eventually caught another one, to Iona, which was a beautiful visit.  I have a whole category on the ‘Isle of Iona’, if anyone wants to take a look.

‘The Isle of Mull’ Car Ferry, Scotland

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Every holiday to the West Coast of Scotland, entails a couple of, or even more trips on car ferries.  It usually means an early morning start, but with the help of one of their bacon rolls on board, you are soon off to explore one of the beautiful Scottish Islands.  Sometime you have to catch more than one ferry to your chosen destination, but for me, the more the merrier.  There are some ferries that hold just a couple of cars, or others, that will only take foot passengers and not forgetting a sea cruise around the islands.

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On this particular day in 2013, we were waiting at Craignure, on the Isle of Mull, for the ferry to take us back to Oban on the mainland.  On a beautiful sunny day it is just a pleasure to sit and wait for the ferry.  You can see it coming way off in the distance and on this occasion I took some photos of the ‘The Isle of Mull’

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