The starting point for some of the more popular destinations from Oban is usually a trip aboard the car ferry MV Isle of Mull.
As the destinations are so popular, the operations run on a more professional level. I couldn't help but think that the Oban Terminal was almost like an airport !!
|... With a bit of added humour !|
The 90m long 4,700 ton vessel built in 1998 has regular sailings throughout the day to Craignure on The Isle of Mull. This is greatly helped by the 15 knots speed which assists in the 23 mile round trip being completed in well under 2 hours.
Throughout it's lifetime the ferry has had a few internal renovations making the 46min single journey pleasurable for the traveller.
|Other minor renovations !!|
|... and one of my renovations !|
I dabbled in Flickr a while back but didn't find it suitable to the way I publish i.e. one image followed by a piece of text. Recently though I was enthused with the Flickr site as it has shown significant improvement both in quality and the very tempting storage account. Unfortunately it's a fail on trying to load more than several images into one post. Maybe the Flickr user who follows me can help me out as my Flickr account is just a source of amusement to me that ... errr ... takes up just a little bit more time :-)
Update May 2014 ... Cracked it and finally got around to copying and pasting this set the following month.
Back to the post ....
|Summer day ... seats full ! ... errr ... not a summer day!|
|... as long as I checked out the lifeboats ....|
|... and stayed near the funnel for warmth !|
Once I was happy with what I had captured upstairs, there was just enough time to grab a hot drink...
... although I was a bit bemused about how the pricing policy managed to get into this state !!!
|The Craignure Ferry Terminal building !!|
One of my objectives of the week was to try and vary the ferries I travelled on but as I discovered, the MV Clansman and MV Lord of The Isles either departed or arrived at unearthly hours. It took me a whole week to research alternatives to the standard routes and destinations with the aid of guides from the ... err ... ship shop ! and the exploration of the calmac on board restaurant facilities.
It was the last crossing on my last day and final trip back to base, so there was no alternative but to choose, queue and try and get through this lot in 46 minutes !!
That just leaves one lasting image remaining in my head ....
|Boat giving birth to a bus !!|