These are My Mountains

Photograph of the Mountains
The Mountains of Mull with the Dutchman’s Cap in the foreground.

Each Island in the Hebrides is unique. Tiree is famous for its clear blue waters, sandy beaches, machair and bird life. Flat and fertile, there is a distinct absence of trees and mountains. Yet, having said that, the island is not one large billiard table, we have three hills, Ben Hynish, Ben Hough and Beinn Ceann a’ Mhara, as well as several smaller hills such as Beinn Gott and Balephetrish Hill. Moreover, often the mountains on the Isle of Mull and the mountains of Argyll on the mainland appear as part of Tiree. From our home, on a clear day, we look out across the water towards what are known as the ‘Paps’ of Jura. As the auld Scot’s song says, “These are my Mountains …”

I lift up my eyes to the hills–
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 121 [The Bible]