Although we're being Frugal through February and spending no money unless we have to, one of our final spends for January was to get the ferries booked ready for our Hebrides trip later in the year. We're doing things slightly differently this year, and this means that for the first time in a good few years we're making use of one of Calmac's "Hopscotch" tickets. These are designed to allow people who want to tour from Island to Island to do it with a slight saving over the cost of the individual tickets. We used to use one when we spent a week on Lewis as well as a week on North Uist - the ticket gave us the Uig > Lochmaddy crossing, the Sound of Harris crossing, and finally the trip back across from Stornoway to Ullapool. The past few years though we've used a straight return ticket from Uig > Lochmaddy and back again, and paid separately for our crossing from Mallaig to Skye...
|M.V. Coruisk arriving at Mallaig from Armadale, Skye|
|M.V. Hebrides arriving in Uig.|
|Eilean Donan Castle|
...for the first time in about 7 years, we think. In fact, the last time we got a ferry in or out of Oban I didn't even have a digital SLR camera - hence the slightly dodgy scanned shot above!