Jura ferry berthing below the Paps of Jura

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Picture of a small ferry berthing at a slipway, three large mountains in the background
Jura ferry berthing below the Paps of Jura

Seen from the departing Islay ferry, the small Jura MV Eilean Dhuira arriving at Feolin with the majestic Paps of Jura as the background. Beinn a’Chaolais in the front, Beinn an Oir on the left, Beinn Shiantaidh on the right.

A quite busy Sound of Islay

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Picture of a sound between two islands with five different ships/boats going about their business
A quite busy Sound of Islay

The scene in the Sound of Islay as it presented itself when I left after my summer holiday in June 2019. Five different ships/boats in view, going about their business. From left to right: The Jura ferry MV Eilean Dhuira on her way to Port Askaig. The MV Scot Isles on her way south. A tender ferrying passengers from Port Askaig to the cruise ship (OK, you have to look closely for this one). The cruise ship MS Ocean Endeavour anchored in the sound (having anchored in Loch Indaal in June 2018). The offshore supply ship Olympic Intervention IV off Rhuvaal in the far north of Islay.

MV Eilean Dhiura on a clear day in the Sound of Islay

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Picture of a small car ferry in a Sound between two islands on a clear sunny dayThe MV Eilean Dhiura crossing from Islay to Jura on a very clear April afternoon in 2015. In the middle distance the small lighthouse at Carragh an t-Sruith on Jura. Behind it the north of Colonsay and in the far distance the Isle of Mull with Ben More (the only island Munro outside of the Isle of Skye).