Argh... I'm trying to get out to see a couple of the Western Islands off of Mull, using this touring boat service called Turus Mara, but it's so confusing. They offer trips to the islands, but all they have are the times they leave and when they come back, so it's hard to tell how much time you're on the islands or anything else. And they're leaving from certain piers, but I don't know if these are close to the train stations... basically, it's hard to tell what's practical to expect and what's not! *L*! He even mentioned that, if I wanted more time on the islands, they could pick me up by charter, making it sound like it was nothing. There are so many place names and every time I ask the (very nice but doesn't realize he's basically talking in a foreign language) man at Turus Mara about it, I get answers like this:
Charter rate is £150.00per hour so basically each time you are picked up outwith our normal timetable will cost £300.00. If weather is good and calm ,we can collect you in the RIB which would be about £100.00 each time but that is not predictable. There is a B & B within walking distance of Ulva Ferry, number 01688500239. Car hire from Mackays garage Tobermory would be £35.00 per day.
Our day ticket from Oban is just that , covering the CalMac Ferry across to Mull, Transport within Mull, and back to Oban on the same day. Your time ashore is as per normal timetable. You should look at a map! it is a large island, you need transport if you wish to see some of it. Public transport is not good to the more interesting bits. Space for 1 is not a problem. Look forward to hearing from you.
GOOD LORD! $600 to get picked up later just so I can stay a couple more hours... Ummmm... I don't think so! *L*! Of course the other option is to spend 22 hours there until they come back again, but I don't want to lug camping gear to Britain and all around, and I'm imagining it would be pretty soggy. But at least I know now that I should probably hire a car. After my last time in Great Britain, I found it doesn't make sense to drive if you're going from city to city, since you won't find a place to park once you get to the other city anyway; the car's just a burden. But now I'm thinking that maybe I will drive. Motorists of England and Scotland - be prepared to live in FEAR! *G*
So now I'd love to write back and ask the guy just how the trips break down, timewise... but I've bothered the poor guy enough. Maybe I'll just write and ask him "so, how long do we get on the island, near the puffins?" *G*