Perhaps, one of the unspoken concerns regarding our move to Tiree was ,“What will you find to do on an island 11 miles long and only 5 miles wide at its widest point (often only one mile wide) and four hours away by boat from the Mainland?” Have no fear for our sanity, there is so much to do! This week we have never been home before ten fifteen pm!
When we went off the island three weeks ago, we sadly missed the Tiree 10K organised by Will Wright of Tiree Fitness. It was a huge success with people coming by plane and ferry from all over the UK and from as far afield as Brazil and Slovakia. One family even chartered a plane to ensure taking part in the race.
In its ninth year, 250 runners finished the course and that is apparently five times the number completing the event all these years ago. Becky, Will’s wife and owner of Chocolate and Charms, organised the catering and what a great job she did. The day concluded with a prize giving and dance, with Tiree”s very own Trail West providing the music. Congratulations all round, but especially to Will and Becky!
This weekend has been at a completely different pace. Nineteen pilgrims from St Andrew’s Roundhay Leeds have come to the island after visiting various historical sites of Christian worship on Canna, Skye, Raasay, North Uist, South Uist and Barra. They arrived at Tiree on Thursday’s sailing from Barra taking up residence at the Hynish Centre at the South West End of the island. After a full day exploring some of Tiree’s many historical sites, Friday evening concluded with a programme: ‘The Hebrides: Cradle of Light and pilgrim destination’ chaired by Doctor John Holliday, our local GP, at An Talla (Tiree Community Centre).
Saturday morning was crowned with low cloud and with the promise of heavy rain to come. Our visitors were joined by some of Tiree’s Christian Community for a pilgrim walk along Balephuil beach and then across the foreshore to the ruins of St Patrick’s Temple for a simple service. The return to the waiting transport was accompanied by the promised rain.
Before catching Monday’s ferry for the start of their long trip home to Leeds, we meet together at An Talla for worship.