Follow the Leader

Leader (1892) is the largest and oldest of the remaining legendary Brixham trawlers. She was one of the largest of the Brixham sailing trawlers, known, despite their Ketch rig, as the ‘Big Sloops’. Leader last visited Tiree in June 2015 The yacht dropped anchor in Gott Bay on Sunday. She was one of many visitors to Tiree […]

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Do you like Butter?

Do you remember taking a buttercup, placing it under someone’s chin and asking, “Do you like butter?” “Butter or margarine?” – that’s the question today. However, there is no doubting the abundance of wild flowers. The flora are responding to the bright warm sunshine we are enjoying. In the evening you can see many of them closing […]

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Saturday Special

Sunrise was 4:50 and Sunset is 22:00 hours. Conscious that is nearing sunset we leave home. The setting sun is reflecting off our neighbours’ windows. However our eyes are drawn upwards where the sky is on fire. Crossing onto Pier Road the memorial is floodlit by the setting sun. This evening is truly a Saturday Special. There […]

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The Week The Sun Shone

A’Bhuain Tiree’s Home Coming Event. For the whole week the sun shone every day. The island lived up to its reputation of being Scotland’s Sunshine Capital. 2006 -2016 – 2026. That’s it for another 10 years. A’ Bhuain was from Monday to Friday. Today, Saturday, many were making their way home. Scotland, England, France, Switzerland, Canada, […]

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Still Life

Calm! All is Bright! It’s Friday and another calm day. Hardly a breath of wind, hardly a ripple on the sea. In spite of the brightness there is an early morning haze. It is as if the colour has been drained out of sea and sky. Nevertheless there are still reflections. Some of the ‘Home […]

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Late Post

Although flight delays can result in the local postmen working late, the post in question is an update to lifeontiree with photographs captured late in the day. It has been another day at A’ Bhuain. Home Comers and Islanders need lunch. The sterling efforts of the catering teams have much appreciated. Mouse-over for titles, double-click […]

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When Pictures Fail

It is often said that “a picture is worth a thousand words” however there are occasions when words and pictures fail. This is certainly true of the recent Skipinnish concert organised by the A’ Bhuain Committee for the Tiree Home Coming 2016. Led by Angus MacPhail from Tiree, the band was originally formed with a mission to champion classic Scottish Highland West […]

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There and Back

There and back. Out and In. However you put it, living on island means that travelling to the Mainland requires you taking a ferry or a plane. A bridge to Tiree would be a bridge too far. (Mouse-over for captions, double-click for larger pictures)   Thankfully this year Tiree has better connections by ferry and by […]

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History Brought To Life

On a warm, sunny evening in May over 200 people gathered in An Talla to watch Tiree’s West End Players’ presentation A re-enactment of ‘The Napier Commission Enquiry The play was written, directed and produced by Mabel Macarthur and is based on transcripts of the evidence given to Lord Napier and his fellow commissioners by the […]

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Wylde Swan Returns

How appropriate that the sailing ship ‘Wylde Swan’ should return to the island this particular week. This is A’ Bhuain – Tiree Home Coming 2016. With so many events taking place each day few were probably aware of the return of the ‘Wylde Swan’. As the audience were gathering for Mabel Macarthur’s play at An Talla […]

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