Throughout the islands off Scotland’s West Coast
there is much concern over ongoing depopulation.
For some islands there is the fear of going the way of St Kilda
where the island’s population were all evacuated to the Mainland.
Here on Tiree many in the community are being proactive.
So it is encouraging to see recent developments on the island.
Many of which have been reported in ‘An Tirisdeach’, the island’s newsletter.
Since coming to the island over three years ago
Tiree’s links to Mainland are greatly improved
with a twice daily flight to Glasgow International Airport
and a dedicated roll-on roll-off ferry to Oban
seven days a week under the summer timetable
and with two sailings on a Saturday in the two busy months.
Some parts of the island now have access to fibre broadband
and cable laying has been taking place in recent weeks
to make this more widely available.
Some parts of the island have very low speeds.
Tiree Broadband are investing in new equipment
to increase the speeds available on their network.
Applications are with the planning authorities for new mobile phone masts.
This would bring 4G data speeds and improved coverage.
This would help businesses and medical services,
as well as the wider community.
New moorings should be available in Gott Bay before the summer months.
Investment is also being made in the 2 harbours, Scarinish and Milton.
Milton is the main harbour for the island’s fishing boats.
Scarinish serves fishing boats and pleasure craft.
As they say, ‘Watch this space!’
It’s not all work and no play.
Tiree Community Business have launched a campaign.
Their project is to invest in the island’s Adventure Play Park.
It is already very popular with the island’s children and families.
The plan is to restore the present equipment and install new activities.
It is hoped that some of the new equipment will be available to adults!
This is only part of the story – so much is taking place.
It is exciting watching the community on Tiree investing in their future.
So many people give time to serve the island community in so many ways.
This is the ongoing story – ‘Life on Tiree’.