A Welcoming Working Island

Tiree is a welcoming, working island.
It is a surfer’s paradise, but it is much more.
It is not simply a playground,
but a home to those who live and work here.
This weekend it is hosting the Tiree Music Festival.

The Cornaig Ceilidh Band (Number 6) in the CalMac Tent.

On Sunday the Church on Tiree met on site in the CalMac Tent.
The topical theme was, “Is there a leader you can trust?”
Three Island Musicians played for the rousing singing.
A wam cuppa and home baking was most welcome.
It has been a wet weekend.

Shona Brown who played at the service
Shona Brown, festival musician, played at the service

For festival goers it has been a wet introduction to the island.
It is unusual in the summer to have such persistent rain.
After all Tiree is known as the sunshine capital.
Yet on Friday , because of poor visibility
only 1 plane out of 3 managed to land.

Saturday was a busy day at the Airport.
We normally have 2 flights a day to Glasgow.
Generally these are provided by a twin otter seating 14 people.
On Saturday there appeared to be 5 flights including 2 by the much larger Saab.

No less busy was the ferry terminal.
It is a reminder that Tiree is a working island.
In the height of summer there are now 2 ferry sailings on a Saturday.
Unlike Friday, Saturday’s ferry arrived in a lull in the rain.

The marshalling area
The marshalling area

For those here for the festival or on holiday the rain was not far away.
It has been a wet, wet weekend – but still welcoming.
The sun will return.

The Clansman in cloudy conditions- rain not far away

Even the old harbour appeared busier than normal.
No matter the weather it is an attractive spot.
This is Tiree- a working, welcoming island.

A busy Scarinish (old) harbour
A busy Scarinish (old) harbour