Tiree: A Study in Contrasts

The change in the weather has been quite dramatic.  In less than 24 hours we moved from a Sunny Saturday to a Stormy Sunday. Exactly a week ago we climbed the dizzy heights of Ben Hough in warm sunshine, while today we have had to put on our wet weather gear to walk to the pier. Looking out the window this morning the waves were crashing on the rocks, sending plumes high into the air, and overnight last winter’s water feature reappeared in the field adjacent to our home.

In the early hours of this morning we experienced more than just a breeze. Around 3.00am (UTC) the wind speed was 55mph with gusts of 77mph and driving rain lashing at the house. Yet, by the time the ‘Lord of the Isles’ berthed at Tiree the wind speed had dropped to a mere 10mph.

One minute the sun attempts to make an appearance and the next dark clouds blanket the sky heralding the next cloud burst.

Even although there was no alert listed against the sailing of the ‘Lord of the Isles’ – and we were aware that she had managed to berth at Coll – we went to the pier half expecting to see the vessel turn around without berthing. Almost unbelievably the water in the bay was calm, although at the time the ‘Lord of the Isles had left Oban, the waters around Tiree had a considerable swell. Obviously the rainbow that graced the bay had a great signficance.

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Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord,
“He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:1-2