Ten years ago we undertook a Hebridean Hopscotch, starting at the north end of the Isle of Lewis, working our way south through the Outer Hebrides to the Isle of Barra.
Day 8 – 13 July 2011 – Barra to Brodick
On day 8 we left the Outer Hebrides, taking the 07:00 ferry from Castlebay via Lochboisdale to Oban, then driving down the Kintyre Peninsula to Claonaig to get the ferry to Lochranza on the Isle of Arran. Highlights included passing some tall ships in the Sound of Mull.
MV Lord of the Isles
Our CalMac ferry to Oban was MV Lord of the Isles (LOTI), which had berthed at Castlebay pier overnight.
We missed our breakfast at the Castlebay hotel due to the early check-in for the ferry. However we got breakfast on board, but not before getting some pictures of the departure from Castlebay.
Stop off at Lochboisdale
Before heading south east to Oban, MV Lord of the Isles headed north to the South Uist port of Lochboisdale.
Sound of Mull
Leaving Lochboisdale, LOTI headed south east for the Sound of Mull at Ardnamuchan Point.
Passing along the Sound of Mull, to the south is the Isle of Mull and the towm of Tobermory.
Leaving the Sound of Mull, Duart Castle can be seen on a headland on Mull.
Passing through the Sound of Mull several Tall Ships were passed including Pelican of London
Arriving in Oban, MV Clansman, MV Eigg and MV Isle of Mull were passed heading out and several more Tall Ships were seen berthed at Oban North Pier with MV Isle of Arran at the Railway Pier.
Leaving LOTI, we headed to fill the car with fuel before heading south onto the Kintyre Peninsula and our next ferry at Claonaig.
Claonaig to Lochranza
Arriving at Claonaig we waited for MV Loch Riddon to arrive.
Crossing the Kilbrannan Sound our next ferry terminal was Lochranza on the Isle of Arran
On arrival at Lochranza, we saw MV Loch Tarbert berthed at the pier.
It was a short drive down the east side of Arran to Brodick, where we were re-united with Cosmo, our Ginger British Shorthair cat, at this island holiday home.
Epilogue: Day 9 – 14 July 2011 – Home from Brodick
MV Caledonian Isles
Having collected our cat from his island holiday home, we got the 08:20 ferry from Brodick and headed home.
And so we left our last island of our holiday.
And so our holiday came to an end, with a few statistics:
- Nine Islands
- Six CalMac ferries sailed on
- Six other CalMac ferries seen
- 2,536 photographs taken
- Twelve churches visited
- One island airport with a beach runway visited
- …and Countless other memories
More pictures of:
- MV Lord of the Isles
- Leaving Castlebay
- Passing through Lochboisdale
- Sound of Mull
- Tall Ships in the Sound of Mull
- MV Clansman
- MV Isle of Mull
- MV Eigg
- MV Isle of Arran at Oban
- Lismore and Oban
- MV Loch Riddon approaching Claonaig
- Claonaig to Lochranza
- MV Loch Tarbert at Lochranza
- MV Caledonian Isles
- Leaving Brodick
- Compilation of Day 8 Pictures
- Compilation of Day 9 Pictures