Three-day trip takes more than three weeks to fin­ish

The Oban Times - - Front Page - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­

TRY­ING to de­liver an eco-friendly heat­ing unit to Tober­mory High School on Mull has turned into a marathon be­set by prob­lems.

The unit ended up on a long and wind­ing road that took around three weeks be­cause of a se­ries of stum­bling blocks on its way.

Af­ter 21 days on the road from Ire­land to Mull, it still hadn’t reached its des­ti­na­tion de­spite the best ef­forts of the lorry driver, the po­lice and lo­cal farm­ers.

The Ir­ish driver had to call on lo­cal res­i­dents for help more than once to get it out of some deep holes - lit­er­ally.

Po­lice were called into help last Fri­day af­ter­noon af­ter the lorry car­ry­ing the four-me­trewide load was re­fused pas­sage on the CalMac ferry for be­ing too large.

Af­ter be­ing re­fused at the quay­side from board­ing both the MV Coruisk and the MV Isle

of Mull fer­ries, CalMac staff found a so­lu­tion.

They loaded the lorry onto the Colon­say ferry, The Lord of the

Isles, and asked the cap­tain to make an extra stop at Craignure to off-load the heat­ing unit.

Af­ter dif­fi­culty get­ting the load off the boat at Craignure, with only inches to spare on the pier, the load took more than four hours to travel north to Tober mory. A car jour­ney be­tween Craignure and Tober­mory usu­ally takes around 45 min­utes.

Fi­nally ar­riv­ing in vil­lage, the lorry went off the Glen­gorm Road and had to be dragged out by a farmer us­ing a trac­tor.

On the fi­nal leg of the jour­ney, and within sight of the school, the ve­hi­cle got stuck again and had to be dragged out of a gar­den.

Plans are now be­ing made to bring cranes to the is­land to take the eco-heat­ing unit to its fi­nal rest­ing place at the high school.

A Po­lice Scot­land spokesman said that all per­mis­sion for the move­ment of the ve­hi­cle had been granted and it had an es­cort for the en­tire trip.

He said: ‘ We are do­ing all we can to get the cargo to its des­ti­na­tion.

‘It must be ex­cep­tion­ally frus­trat­ing for the driver, who thought this would be a three­day jour­ney.’

The Oban Times was un­able to con­tact the com­pany which was de­liv­er­ing the ve­hi­cle.

It must be frus­trat­ing for the driver, who thought it would be a three-day jour­ney” A spokesman for Po­lice Scot­land

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