Tiree – “Did you sleep last night?”

Looking across to the Isle of Mull (Double Click to enlarge)

“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.

Quiet Reflection at Scarinish Old Harbour

On the morning following the first storm to hit Scotland, Scotrail cancelled almost every train service. Someone with a sense of humour posted, “No trains running on Tiree either.” This inspired someone, the day when the island’s roads turned white, to write, “Did you know that as well as no trains running on Tiree, what with the snow and everything, some of the roads are reduced to single track!” **

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When the, the wind dropped sufficiently it enable CalMac to put on an “additional” ferry in place of the cancelled service of the previous day. Although the wind was still gusting at that point, there was just no comparison with the waves that had been crashing over the pier the day before.

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Today, when the cloud cover lifted or parted, spectacular views could be had across the Passage of Tiree to Ben More and the surrounding peaks on the Isle of Mull. More distant but no less attractive were the snow clad Cuillins on the Isle of Rum.

Sunset from Vaul to Ben Hynish

** There no trains on Tiree and our roads are almost all single track with ‘passing places’.