Done and Dusted

 April is just about done and Ben More is Dusted. Here on Tiree we have certainly experienced the proverbial ‘April showers’ – many of them laden with hail. ‘Ner cast a clout till May is out’ is also proving true this year, with the winds from the north and distinctly cold. In between the showers the sun […]

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Mission Accomplished

With the sun set and the moon out the Mighty Clansman made its unusual second appearance of the day at Tiree. With the MV Lord of the Isles failing to berth at either Coll or Tiree, in fact limping back to Oban at a fraction of her normal speed, the Clansman was diverted on her […]

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Clansman To The Rescue

Unexpectedly the MV Clansman was diverted on her sailing this morning from Castlebay (Barra) to Oban in order to collect vehicles and passengers from Tiree and Coll. The scheduled ferry, MV Lord of the Isles, set out from Oban but did not berth at either Coll or Tiree.  The stated reason given at the time was adverse weather. Our […]

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Dark Skies Gathering

Today proved to be bright but with a biting wind from the north west. When outside sunglasses and scarfs could well have been the dress code. At 8.00pm the sky hinted at a spectacular sunset, but by 8.45pm dark clouds laden with hail were gathering. From the pier at Gott Bay it was evident that the […]

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My Seat

By Where The Corncrake Cries Over the years we have had various chairs, seats and sofas, but I have never had one that I thought of as ‘my seat’.  There is one however that I often refer to as ‘my seat’ and it doesn’t even belong to me. In fact, it is dedicated to the […]

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A Day Early Yet Still Late

Here is an interesting conundrum. The Clansman is a day early, yet it is still late on arrival. On a bright sunny April morning on Tiree, the ferry was due to arrive at 9:05. Due to fog in the Oban area the sailing was initially delayed. Later, with improved weather conditions, the Clansman departed Oban […]

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A True Highlander

Highland Cattle are not just there to provide a photo-stop for tourists. Yet while they are a lasting memory from childhood holidays spent touring the Scottish Highlands and Islands, they are also vital to the local economy. The Highland Cattle Society state, “The Highland breed of cattle has a long and distinguished ancestry, not only […]

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Seal Watch

West Hynish was the chosen location for our ‘Seal Watch’ and we were not disappointed. Facing the full might of the Atlantic Ocean is the most amazing colony of seals, so numerous we gave up continuing them. Here are just a few of the pictures we took on a warm, bright sunny Easter Monday. One thing that […]

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A Scrap of History

Links Cottage in Scarinish is being demolished to make way for a rebuild. Once a common sight in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland around the beginning of the 20th Century, corrugated iron cottages are fast becoming something of a rarity. They first appeared about 1830 and were known as ‘portable houses’, but it was not until […]

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