Hogmanay Excitement

With no ferry since Sunday as a consequence of adverse weather, the arrival of today’s sailing was much anticipated. The last ferry on this service for 2015. Once again we were treated at 9:05 to a colourful sunrise, but by the time the vessel entered Gott Bay low cloud and driving drizzle put a damper on […]

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Bliadhna Mhath Ùr!

(The Feature Image is a Photo Collage of 2015 from Life on Tiree) Happy New Year On Hogmanay many of Edinburgh’s landmarks – the castle, Camera Obscura, Jenners and the statue of Queen Victoria on the Royal Scottish Academy – will all be lit up in blue. The climax of the world famous fireworks extravaganza will […]

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Calm After The Storm

It is hard to believe that just 24 hours ago Tiree was being assaulted by winds gusting up to 75mph.  For hour after hour (6-8 hours) the wind kept hammering the island with gusts over 60mph. The gable end flashing, holding the roof tiles of our home, suffered minor damage, but thankfully a temporary repair has been […]

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An Evening for a Good Read

Right now the wind is steadily rising as the latest storm to reach these shores approaches. Gusting in excess of 45mph, it is forecast to reach speeds of over 70mph in a few hours time. Yet this morning the sun was streaming through the clouds, lighting up the sea, the shore and the south east […]

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Quite Frankly . . .

Which weather forecast do you believe? Or, to put it another way, which forecast is the most accurate? Living on an island on the edge of Europe, off the West Coast of Scotland, 4 hours out into the Atlantic Ocean, we are certainly conscious of the weather. It is often the sunniest place in the […]

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Hark the Herald

It’s one of these times of the year when the normal daily markers are absent and you are left wondering what day of the week it is. Christmas Day and Boxing Day have come and gone and the Boxing Day Bank holiday is yet to be. Yes! This is Sunday, but then Christmas Day had […]

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A Plan Comes Together

This afternoon CalMac’s Plan came together – just! – The MV Lord of the Isles battled to berth at Tiree’s pier in the midst of a hail storm. Awaiting repairs in the New Year, the ferry’s propulsion problems were evident, especially when having to deal with the high wind. However, eventually she berthed to the relief […]

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Storm Eva Approaches

Storm EVA is approaching the West Coast of Scotland and here on Tiree we are experiencing a prolonged spell of high winds, but Eva is expected to raise the stakes. In a recent press release CalMac’s director of operations Drew Collier stated that Storm Eva brings significant weather challenges for us over the next few days and makes operating […]

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Christmas Countdown

It’s the Christmas Countdown. The countdown has begun. The tension is mounting. Just one more sailing! Saturday’s Sailing Cancelled – Adverse Weather! Sunday’s Sailing battled through Stormy Waters! Monday’s Sailing Cancelled – Adverse Weather! Tuesday’s Sailing Won Through. Mouseover for titles – Double click for larger pictures Leaving the more sheltered waters of the Sound […]

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