The Difference A Year Makes

This day last year was to say the least stormy. There were only two more sleeps until Christmas Day and with a heroic effort the MV ‘Hebridean Isles’ berthed at Tiree. The occasion is imprinted on my memory. In contrast, today, although the sailing was on an amber alert, there was no difficulty in berthing. […]

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Tiree: Celebration

It’s been an action packed weekend. It began on Friday with a lively School Carol Service at Heylipol Church. Once again we were reminded of the tremendous talent there is on the island, from the youngest to the oldest, Later in the evening, it was a privilege to be a guest of the residents of Tigh-An-Rudha at […]

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Tiree: Are You Listening?

In the aftermath of the recent storm (‘Black Wednesday’) the island has been without mobile phone coverage, both networks being affected. The common complaint being that it can take over 90 minutes, speaking to various call centre staff and being put on hold for long periods, before the problem is acknowledged. Even then Vodafone will […]

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Tiree: A Winter Warmer

No not a Scottish beverage, but another spectacular sunrise followed by visitors to our developing water feature. Squally showers continue to sweep in but they bring welcome visitors. As usual mouse-over for titles and double click for a slideshow of larger pictures.

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Tiree: Starlight Special

  On a raw winter evening, with the wind gusting up to 40mph, the Clansman berthed at 17.00 hours with a special sailing from Oban via Coll thus ending the week’s stormbound conditions. The last ferry to berth at Tiree was Monday’s timetabled sailing of the ‘Lord of the Isles’. Almost the whole CalMac fleet […]

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Tiree: A Big Thank You

Dark Threatening Skies – Hail – Massive Waves – Spindrift – Winds gusting to 80mph – Sunshine. Today’s storm has brought out a whole new vocabulary from the media, with phrases such as, ‘Black Wednesday’, ‘Weather Bomb’ and ‘Explosive Cyclogenesis’. The latter is known colloquially as a “weather bomb” and takes place when a storm […]

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TIREE Touchdown

Life on Tiree is never dull. The welcome aboard the Twin Otter aircraft (which seats 14 on an inboard flight to Tiree) was accompanied by a warning that the visibility level was right on the threshold and that our flight might have to turn back without landing. We were informed that there was insufficient fuel […]

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Tiree: Calmac Believes

This evening, as darkness descends the wind has dropped deceptively. There is a calm, but it is the calm before the storm. Calmac believe the weather forecast and have advised would be travellers: Oban- Coll- Tiree Tues 09/12/2014 cancelled due to adverse weather. Next sailing Thurs 11/12 weather permitting. Please re-book. LastUpdated 08/12/2014 @ 15:36.  Not even […]

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Tiree: Red Alert

There are patches of blue sky, dark threatening clouds, hail showers and the wind has a raw feeling to it today. Over the weekend the temperature dropped dramatically and the wind is from the north west. The Met Office have issued a ‘Severe Weather Warning’ for Wednesday with a forecast of winds gusting up to […]

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