An Island For All Seasons

Yesterday Tiree was the sunniest place in Strathclyde. It was a day when you needed sunglasses – Especially as the sun began to set. What a contrast today. With a driver to hand the decision was made to go east to Milton. Could we make it in time to photograph the ferry? The Passage of Tiree […]

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The Inter-Island Ferry

With the advent of the roll-on-roll-off ferry, the inter-island ferry is very much a thing of the past on Scotland’s West Coast. Although it is now easier in many respects to sail directly to the islands from ports such as Oban, Mallaig and Ullapool, there are very few inter island sailings. (In galleries mouse-over for titles […]

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Return of the Gloaming

With the clocks set to British Summer Time, we have the return of the gloaming, that very special time of the day. The clock may be registering 8:18pm. The sun may have set 7:56pm. It is still light at 8:56. It is the gloaming. Summer, Winter, Spring, Autumn Each sunset is distinctively different. With its big […]

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Land, Sea and Sky

Weather permitting. Planned for the beach The Easter Sunrise Service Ended up in doors at the Manse. Winds had gusted up to 68mph overnight But by sunrise they were down to a mere whisper However, heavy rain showers played havoc with the event. Heavy, black clouds blotted out the sunrise. Still we had met together […]

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A Tantalising View

It is the Easter Weekend. Officially Spring has sprung. However, it has felt more like winter. The breeze has had a raw edge to it all day. As the daylight hours were drawing to a close there was a tantalising view westwards of the sun. Could it really be true that the forecasters have got […]

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Good Friday Arrivals

If only you had come a week earlier. If only you had come even a day earlier. It is holiday time for many and the weather changes. As the MV Clansman entered Gott Bay, Tiree, the morning flight from Glasgow made its approach, both bringing returning residents and welcome visitors. Sadly the change in the […]

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Thursday the 24th of March is the last day of CalMac’s Winter Timetable. From Friday the 25th of March the Clansman is our dedicated vessel. So it is farewell to the ‘Lord of the Isles’ (LOTI). The MV ‘Lord of the Isles’ was following an amended timetable to facilitate the change from the winter to […]

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Big Skies

On an unexpected excursion to Heylipol we witnessed a full rainbow arch that crossed the island. But! No camera! By the time we reached Scarinish the bow had shrunk! Still Dramatic! But it had shrunk. No camera other than phone. With less than half an hour to sunset the cloud formations were amazing. The camera was now […]

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A Splash of Colour

After three days of warm sunshine, grey skies and seas have returned. The coats and scarves, hats and gloves, have been pressed back into service. Yet all is not lost. There has been a splash of colour, even on a grey day. Transported out of Scarinish we became aware that Spring had indeed touched the […]

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Improving Communications

Another small step has been taken in this past week in improving communications. First of all, several areas of the Tiree saw an improvement in the Vodafone Signal with the Mast on the neighbouring island of Coll going live in 2015. For the first time ever, it is possible in some areas of the island to […]

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