Tiree Ferry Booking?

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matt_s
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I'm looking to go up to Tiree for my 40th at the beginning of October, but we may be taking a meandering route up country and stopping off on the way to kite if there are some good conditions. My question is at this time of year, could we just rock up at Oban / call and get on the next day's ferry or do they get booked up in advance?

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Matt
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PS week in question is the 5th to 11th Oct - the week BEFORE the 2013 wave classic....

oh yes one other thing too..... the fella I'm going with is not 100% on board so I may end up going on my own - is anyone else going at this time? it's always nice to have a bit of company on the water....

Any advice very welcome :)
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Just arrived back from a (pretty windless!) week in Tiree. We had booked the ferry out to Tiree on the Saturday and it was jam packed but then it was school holidays I guess. Heading back to Oban on a midweek night it was half empty, but the morning ferry the next day was full. The ferry company doesn't charge anything to change dates/times so long as there is space so you get a bit of flexibility. And thumbs up to Helen at Tiree Kitesurf Academy who delivered a quality Naish SUP at short notice on a no-wind day for not a lot of notes.
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Thanks for replying.... Sorry to hear you had a fairly windless week :( I'm hoping by October there should be some regular fronts coming through, but I'm going to take the surfboards and SUP's as well as some spear fishing gear just in case. Good to know that Calmac are flexible once you've booked so long as there's space. I'll probably book soon to reserve and then change if necessary later. Just waitign for some replies to accommodation booking now. I've wanted to go for years now so can't wait :-D
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Hi matt.. Me and a mate are heading over on the 5th...
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I have booked for 1st week after sproggs go back to school (9th Sept), I only booked ahead as quite alot of people with no kids go away as soon as they have gone back to school. I go every year and would say in Oct you would be very unlucky not to get a space, there is however only one ferry a day so I would ring Calmac they day or two before you know you are going to travel & book it over the phone. otherwise you could be unlucky and spend a day in Oban (drinking whisky & eating chips - not all bad then)

Another option is Islay, went there for first time this year, so good I went twice in June (Check out the photos of Machir bay i uplaoded to magic seaweed). Doesnt cover all wind directions (and Tiree is a special place) but there are 4 ferries a day from Kennacraig to Islay. Had some great sessions at Machir bay and Laggan beach. Also in a van you don't have to pay the £10 a night that you do on Tiree (I don't object to that just, make the observation)
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C4C wrote:Hi matt.. Me and a mate are heading over on the 5th...
Brilliant - see you there :-D if you want to meet up, PM me your number. Alternatively if you see a short, bald bloke flying a Vegas come over and say hi
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Ade G wrote: Another option is Islay, went there for first time this year, so good I went twice in June (Check out the photos of Machir bay i uplaoded to magic seaweed). Doesnt cover all wind directions (and Tiree is a special place) but there are 4 ferries a day from Kennacraig to Islay. Had some great sessions at Machir bay and Laggan beach. Also in a van you don't have to pay the £10 a night that you do on Tiree (I don't object to that just, make the observation)
Thanks Ade - good tip, I'll check it out before going.... Hope you have a great week in September :-D
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Definitely worth booking - loads of people come over a week or so before the wave classic and if the forecast looks good you may be stuck in Oban for a day or two (you can go on the standby list if it's full and often get on but it's a bit risky).
Always some kiters about, you won't be on your own. Most are pretty friendly! Give me a shout when you get here if you aren't sure and I will let you know where we are heading.
Tim.
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