Faced with a routine hospital appointment in Glasgow, the choice is a ferry crossing to Oban and an onward bus or train journey to Glasgow or a flight direct to Glasgow. With the ferry's winter timetable this can take five days, whereas a flight reduces this to three days. So it was that today we […]Read more "Up. Up. And Away"
Last winter, our first on Tiree, was said to be one of the wettest in living memory. Although we had been told that water never lay for long on the island, there seemed to be water everywhere – and not just in the sea that surrounds. This winter started out so different, with many glorious […]Read more "Water! Water! Everywhere!"
Out in the Passage of Tiree the waves are crashing over the bow of the vessel. As she enters Gott Bay to berth at the pier, the sea appears deceptively calm compared to the open water. With comparative ease our Hebridean Visitor, the MV Hebrides, comes alongside the pier and safely berths. However, the stern ropes, are under considerable […]Read more "A Hebridean Visitor"
Thankfully, when the ‘additional’ ferry arrived in Gott Bay today, the weather had begun to quieten. Although the wind was still blowing and there was a moderate swell, the MV Clansman managed to berth safely. In the afternoon the sun broke through and there was clear evidence that the hours of daylight are slowly stretching. […]Read more "Quietly Reflecting"
“Tiree is a place of endless sky and turquoise sea with scents of a salty breeze, wild thyme and clover, and the sounds of birdsong, sheep, and waves tumbling onto white sand.” Obviously the writer, Julie H. Ferguson, is a person who has a real appreciation of beauty. She continues in her blog, “My favourite […]Read more "‘Tiree – a place of endless sky and turquoise sea’"
“Did you sleep last night?” The question was not asked because it was a gale blowing. In fact it was quite the opposite. We woke to a quiet stillness. A strange experience after more than a week of storms. On the morning following the first storm to hit Scotland, Scotrail cancelled almost every train service. […]Read more "Tiree – “Did you sleep last night?”"
After a night of prolonged high winds gusting to 73mph, the sea in the Passage of Tiree was ‘huge’ From our living room window we could see powerful waves out at sea and wave after wave breaking on the island and rocks surrounding the inlet known as ‘Millport’. With strong winds still blowing, plumes of […]Read more "Tiree: Normal Service Will Be Resumed"
It is six days since the ferry last berthed at Tiree and that was on the day the storms broke on the West Coast of Scotland. With another storm track approaching the West Coast, this morning provided a brief weather window for the MV Clansman to berth at Coll and Tiree. Normally under the Winter […]Read more "Tiree: A Weather Window"
Thankfully on Tiree we have been spared the hazardous driving conditions being experienced by many on the Mainland. For the past six days we have had high winds and powerful waves but no blizzards, drifts or sheet ice. Although the photographs give the impression of snow, it is in fact hail. Today, we have had a […]Read more "Tiree: A Fresh Perspective"
What an amazing day it has been on the Isle of Tiree: Winds gusting to 74mph, just 4mph short of Thursday’s powerful storm. Waves crashing on the shore and combined with the wind producing spectacular spindrift. Blue, Grey and Musk Skies and stunning storm clouds. Driving hail storms Living-room windows that look like bathroom windows […]Read more "Tiree: Wind, Waves and Stunning Skies"