Posted by: tireecottage | June 26, 2020

Important! Calmac Travel Changes!

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Important Customer Notice! It’s the update we’ve all been waiting for! Calmac have today published the next phase of their timetable – which will be in operation from 1 July – 14 July, including information on the following phase of their timetable (15 July – 18 October), which will be published on 2 July.

It is strongly advised ALL customers existing and considering bookings read through this and see how it fits with YOUR travel plans.

The new timetable for 1 July – 14 July is here:
https://www.calmac.co.uk/oban-coll-tiree-ferry-temporary-timetable
this will have 1 daily sailing from Oban to Tiree on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Bookings will be available for this timetable from 30 June 2020 at 9am. Being at the ferry terminal at least 45 minutes before is important for check in. Late arrivals could miss their place. Due the current Covid-19 situation all the retail outlets on board vessels and at ports will remain closed at this time.

For example:

From 9am on 30 June bookings will open for 1 July – 14 July.
At 9am on 2 July when the next phase of the timetable is published (for period 15 July – 18 October), bookings will be open up to 15 July.
At 9am on 3 July, bookings will be open up to 16 July, and so on.

Capacity

Today’s updated timetable, and the following phase (15 July – 18 October) include more frequent sailings and will increase available capacity for customers right across the network. Calmac are implementing guidelines and safety measures – including social distancing. They’re designed to keep customers and crew safe and they dictate the number of passengers they can carry. Our capacity per vessel is limited because of these safety measures.  An announcement about Social Distancing is to be made by the Scottish Government on Thursday 2nd July, potentially reducing the 2m rule down to 1m. Should this change be implemented, Calmac capacity per vessel will also change. (for the better!)

Customer bookings

This year has been very different to the one many of us might have imagined and the situation for travel continues to be changeable as we prepare for the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Struthan Cottage customers will ALWAYS need to check their travel both outgoing and returning with Calmac in advance of your holiday. Be aware you will require to leave our cottage on your booked departure day, regardless of when your travel is booked, in order for arrival of our next guests.

Existing Ferry Travel Bookings

For those passengers who already have a reservation with Calmac, they are also dealing with those on a rolling two-week basis. Calmac will only make cancellations where they have to, based on capacity.  If your booking is from 15 July onwards, they don’t yet have an update for you. But they WILL be in touch with you in line with the two-week rolling sequence. Those bookings will try to be accommodated and again you will need to confirm your bookings directly with the ferry operator.

Find the full Calmac statement here – along with important customer information on how we they are managing safety measures, vessel capacity and bookings going forward 👉 https://bit.ly/2A9AxQU

Posted by: tireecottage | June 25, 2020

Update: Calmac Ferry Travel

Many of our booked guests are patiently waiting on announcements from Calmac to plan their travel. We have some information to help as follows:

Calmac have announced plans to amend their timetable to coincide with the timings of the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown.

Until 30 June Calmac will continue to operate an essential services only timetable on all routes.

From 1 July until 14 July they will operate an increased service. Timetables for this are due to be announced on Friday 26 June, and CalMac will be taking bookings for this service from 9am on Monday 29th June.

The following phase of the timetable will run from 15 July until 17 October which will include a further step up in capacity. This will be published on Calmac’s website on 2 July, and bookings will be available for that timetable from 2 July.

Passenger capacity on all of these services is likely to be severely constrained by Covid-19 social distancing guidance.

Calmac are reminding all prospective passengers to:

Consider your safety and the safety of others by understanding the latest safety guidelines, including the use of face coverings on public transport.

Be responsible when considering travel – your decision to travel could impact someone else’s ability to travel.

When you do travel, plan ahead and be prepared.

When travelling on our bookable routes, we strongly advise you always book ahead.

When travelling on a ‘turn up and go’ route, capacity is constrained, and your first choice of sailing may not be always be available.

Stay in touch – we’ll keep sharing guidance and information on changes to how you sail with us via our website and social media feeds.

Please be aware guests will be responsible for their own travel plans and it is imperative you check your outgoing and return journey dates, as there will be an expectation to leave the cottage on the Saturday mornings in anticipation of the next arrival.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding, we hope you have a safe visit to Tiree and it was worth waiting for!

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Posted by: tireecottage | June 25, 2020

Covid Update 25th June 2020

** COVID19 Update 25.06.20 – Following closure since 23 March due to the global health pandemic, the Scottish Government has now announced that it will be safe for Self Catering units to re-open on 3rd July ahead of Tourism and Leisure re-opening on Wednesday 15th July 2020 (subject to health advice). It means we can now thankfully plan a structured and careful re-opening of our business.  For islands like Tiree, it’s a little more complicated as travel restrictions need to be lifted too. An announcement is expected from Calmac on 30th June. The current situation is:

  • With immediate effect, we’re now taking NEW BOOKINGS for 2020 again, though first available date for is 17th October 2020. Bookings for 2021 remain open as usual.
  • This finally provides certainty for EXISTING BOOKINGS for the coming month meaning existing bookings prior to 3rd July 2020 are now unfortunately cancelled. We’re be in contact with those customers in the coming days either moving their holidays to alternative dates or issuing refunds. As promised all throughout this crisis, no customer of ours will lose out financially.
  • Struthan Cottage will RE-OPEN again on Saturday 4th July 2020 with all existing bookings from that date going forward operating as normal. Amendments to our cleaning regimes will be in effect.
  • Ferry travel is still a concern. Calmac are expected to announce a new timetable on 30th June which will still have reduced capacity. Another timetable will ramp up the number of sailings on 15th July. Customers are reminded they are responsible for their own TRAVEL PLANS and should be mindful of any possible Calmac and Loganair restrictions. There will be an expectation to arrive and leave the cottage on Saturdays, regardless of when you can get ferries booked. It is hoped social distancing measures may be reduced soon allowing more capacity on ferries. Thank you for your patience, loyalty and understanding during what’s been some challenging times.
Posted by: tireecottage | June 10, 2020

We’re Re-opening in August!

** COVID19 Update 10.06.20 – Following closure since 23 March due to the global health pandemic, the Scottish Government has now announced that it will be safe for Tourism and Leisure to re-open from Wednesday 15th July 2020 (subject to health advice). It means we can now thankfully plan a structured and careful re-opening of our business.  For islands like Tiree, it’s a little more complicated as travel restrictions need to be lifted too. An announcement is expected from Calmac during June. The current situation is:

  • With immediate effect, we’re now taking NEW BOOKINGS for 2020 again, though first available date for is 26th September. Bookings for 2021 remain open as usual. New bookings must contain members of the same household.
  • This finally provides some certainty for EXISTING BOOKINGS for the coming month meaning existing bookings prior to 15th July 2020 are now unfortunately cancelled. We’re be in contact with those customers in the coming days either moving their holidays to alternative dates or issuing refunds. As promises all throughout this crisis, no customer of ours will lose out financially.
  • Struthan Cottage will RE-OPEN again on Saturday 1st August 2020 with all existing bookings from that date going forward operating as normal. Amendments to our cleaning regimes will be in effect. We’ve chosen this date carefully to give us time to ensure the cottage remains at the high standard you expect and to give further time for the island community to readjust to tourists and visitors again.
  • Customers are reminded they are responsible for their own TRAVEL PLANS and should be mindful of any possible Calmac and Loganair restrictions
  • Thank you for your patience, loyalty and understanding during what’s been some challenging times.
Posted by: tireecottage | May 30, 2020

Update 31st May 2020

** COVID19 Update 31.05.20 – Due to the global health pandemic, as with all holiday lets, our successful self catering business has been significantly impacted by the mandatory temporary holiday cottage closures and subsequent travel restrictions imposed by the Scottish Government. The situation evolving beyond our control. 

We’re only taking booking for September 2020 onwards and for 2021. Existing bookings for 2020 are being reviewed frequently, 6 weeks in advance and will follow advice given by the Scottish Government and Calmac. We’ve contacted all our customers right up to mid July, advising of cancellation, rebooking, or to provide assistance with requirements for their travel insurance. It is still hoped that tourism can recommence in Summer 2020, but this will be dependent upon the Governments advice. Please be patient and understanding at this difficult time.

Bookings for 2021 are currently unaffected. You can see which 2020 bookings are so far cancelled here

Posted by: tireecottage | March 31, 2020

Covid19 Update

** COVID19 Update 22.03.20 – Due to the global health pandemic, as with all holiday lets, our long established, successful self catering business has been significantly impacted by the mandatory temporary holiday cottage closures and subsequent travel restrictionsimposed by the Scottish Government. This is a worrying time for our customers and ourselves, the situation evolving beyond our control.

No further bookings for 2020 are being taken until further notice, though you can still book for 2021.

Existing bookings for 2020 are being reviewed frequently, 6 weeks in advance and confirming to official government news.

We’re in the process of contacting all our customers 6 weeks ahead of their booking to advise of cancellation, rebooking, or provide assistance with requirements for their travel insurance. We’re trying very hard to ensure none of our customers lose out financially, even though government aid for Scottish self catering businesses looks uncertain at present. Please be patient and understanding at this difficult time. Bookings for 2021 are currently unaffected.

You can see which 2020 bookings are so far cancelled here

Posted by: tireecottage | March 22, 2020

Coronavirus Update – Cancellations

Following the National news today from Nicola Sturgeon, now asking for holiday cottage closures all over Scotland and further restrictions on Calmac travel, we regrettably but understandably have decided to temporarily close, cancelling bookings until further notice. Actually we made the decision last night.

We will never put profit before the health of people on Tiree or our guests. We have already made arrangements to close down the cottage with immediate effect, taking the opportunity to deep clean.

We have this morning already contacted all our immediate guests travelling before 9th May 2020 and discussed their bookings and re-bookings for 2021.

We’re looking to ensure our customers can be moved and don’t lose out financially where possible and will provide documentation to assist their travel insurance claims.

Bookings from 9th May onwards will be reviewed on a rolling basis until such a time Scottish Government restrictions are lifted and Tiree is deemed safe.

This was shaping to be a record year of bookings for us. The decision will deeply impact our business. The whole travel and tourism industry has been affected, and though some people will be disappointed, we ask for your understanding and patience at this difficult time.

Make no mistake, our business will be back once this global pandemic passes and guests can once again get to visit this beautiful, vibrant island. We’ll post news on our website and on facebook as it impacts us further or as the situation improves. Be safe. Take care of each other.

Posted by: tireecottage | January 1, 2020

Happy New Year

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Wishing all our past, present and future customers a Happy New Year! Thanks for your continued support and interest in our beautiful cottage on the Isle of Tiree.

We’re pleased to announce bookings are now open for 2021!

Reserve the week YOU want with a small deposit. The balance is not due until just 6 weeks before your holiday. Drop us a message today at http://www.struthancottages.co.uk or give us a call!

Posted by: tireecottage | December 1, 2019

August 2020 Availability

We’ve just got ONE week available in Summer 2020, if you want your holiday at Struthan Cottage, Isle of Tiree. Our popular, traditional cottage has seen many repeat bookings and record occupancy next year.

If you and up to 5 others would like a fabulous summer weeks holiday From 22nd – 29th August 2020, for just £549, then give us a call today!

Price includes cleaning, electricity and free wi-fi. There are no other costs with us. Availability is shown here http://www.struthancottages.co.uk

Photo: Unedited view from the cottage garden, Summer 2019.

Posted by: tireecottage | August 28, 2019

Get away this Christmas!

Fancy a nice relaxing holiday on the peaceful Isle of Tiree this festive season?

Get away from it all with an affordable winter weeks holiday for up to 6 people at the beautiful, traditional stone built, Struthan Cottage.

With underfloor heating, thick stone walls and wood burning stoves, you’ll be cosy whatever the weather. Situated near Loch Bhasapol, the pet friendly cottage is only a few minutes from several stunning beaches and offers good accessibility.

For just £339, price includes electricity and a free, strong wifi connection. Relax with a selection of the latest games, movies and books. Give us a call today!

Posted by: tireecottage | August 22, 2019

Winter 2019 Availability

Get away from it all this winter with a lovely holiday to the stunning Isle of Tiree!

Our beautiful traditional Struthan Cottage is waiting for YOU! From just £299 per week, up to 6 people can be accommodated and that special price includes electricity, wifi and cleaning.

The cottage is cosy, relaxing and in the perfect location, as our photo shows. With underfloor heating, a strong wifi connection and close to several beaches, Struthan Cottage is ideal for your relaxing getaway. More information on http://www.struthancottages.co.uk . Enquire today!

Posted by: tireecottage | July 4, 2019

Autumn 2019 Price Drop

Great news! We’ve got an Autumn holiday now discounted! One week self catering at Struthan Cottage, Isle of Tiree for just ……£359 per week! Price includes electricity, wifi and cleaning. There are no other costs.

Even better, this is all you pay…even for up to SIX people in your party!

Book YOUR Autumn, relaxing getaway today! Give us a call.

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