Sail Away

The Tiree Music Festival is over for another year.
Monday saw the mass exodus of festival goers.
But it took two sailings of the Clansman.

Lion Rampant in Scarinish
Lion Rampant in Scarinish

TMF over – the rain stopped and the sun shone.
Monday evening was a real treat after the weekend.
But that was just a foretaste of what was to come on Tuesday.
From first light until the sun set the island enjoyed warm sunshine.
Officially we had over 14 hours of sunshine, the sunniest place regionally.

Ben More (Mull) from Scarinish
Ben More (Mull) from Scarinish

The sun appeared to inspire some to cut their grass.
While some sun bathed, others went walking, running and cycling.
The brave took to the water, paddling, swimming, surfing and boating.

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A walk from Scarinish to Baugh afforded wonderful views across Hynish Bay.
At this point on the road Crossapol beach is hidden from the eye.
But there is no missing the Golf Ball on Ben Hynish.
And the Hynish Centre is clearly visible.

On Tiree the roads are almost all single track.
All road users have to been extremely careful.
You never know what lies round the next bend.

A blind spot on the road between Scarinish and Baugh

A favourite spot on the road is the remains of the old port at Baugh
Here at Baugh is the renovated Baptist Church premises on the island.
Many just drive through the township of Baugh but it is worthwhile stopping.

Who pulled the plug. The Pelican left high and dry at Baugh

Tobermory on the Isle of Mull is famous for its coloured waterfront houses.
The Isle of Tiree is famous for its felt roof and spotty houses.
In Baugh we have a dark blue house.

Dark blue house at Baugh
Dark blue house at Baugh

Later in the day just before ferry time HGVs were heading for the pier.
Most of the articulated lorries carrying festival gear and equipment.
Camper vans an Mobile homes joined the queue.
Not quite so many foot passengers —
But another very busy ferry.

It was an evening to simply sail away.
The Clansman’s open deck space came into its own.
Many headed past the bar and straight for the upper deck.

The ferry was making an additional stop at Coll.
This was to carry passengers trapped on Tiree by Monday’s fog.
What an evening to sail down the Sound of Mull as the sun was setting.

MV Clansman sails away from Tireeinto the sunset - probably in the Sound of Mull
MV Clansman sails away from Tiree into the sunset – probably in the Sound of Mull

Then, just after 10:00pm we were treated to a real thunderstorm.
Flash after flash of sheet lightening lit the southern night sky.
Included in this were bolts and forks of lightning.
As it came nearer the thunder grew louder.
One peel appeared to shake the island.
And it was free to watch.

A yacht at anchor in Gott Bay

This is ‘Life on Tiree’