Day Two – Second Beach

Day One was Tràigh Shorobaidh.
It is also known as Soroby or Balinoe Beach.
This 1.5km beach is at the West End of the island.
It lies between Crossapol Point and the township of Balemartine.

Soroby Beach

The clue to our second beach was ‘Have you GOTT the Clue?’
Our second beach walk was at the East End of the island.
The beach is known as Tràigh Mhòr – the Big Beach.

It’s a Spring Tide and what an expanse of sand

Traigh Mhor is the big beach that encompasses Gott Bay.
It runs from the Pier Office to the island known as ‘Soa’.
It is about 4 miles – 6.44km in length —
Much longer in a strong wind!

Now look in the other direction – what an expanse of sand

We set out walking just after 4:00pm.
It was Thursday, the day of an impressive Spring tide.
Low tide was about 2:35pm – still there was an expanse of sand.

A rock pool normally deep under the waters of Gott Bay

Rocks that are normally covered were laid bare.
The expanse of sand emphasised the length of the beach.
Having parked the car we strode out towards the island of Soa.

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The previous afternoon we had been impressed by the wild flowers.
On day two we were impressed by the various sea birds.

We caught sight of a curlew skimming the waves.
The sanderlings let us get unsually close.
Then there were various gulls.

Perhaps the greatest excitement was seeing a seal at Soa.
We had thought we might cross over on dry land.
When we arrived it was an island once again.
The water deep enough for the seal to swim.

Perhaps the distinctive feature of our walk was the sky.
We set out under blue skies, but that soon changed.
How rapidly the sky and sea kept changing.

The cairn on Soa

Behind Ruaig is the island’s wind turbine – Tilley.
In Ruaig there is a smaller turbine called Tilleybeg.
The latter name given by someone with a sense of humour.

From Gott Bay we looked out towards the Pier at Scarinish.
The Memorial in Pier Road was easily distinguishable.
The BT tower is a also prominent landmark.

The Pier and Memorial, Scarinish

From the beach we could make out the Golf Ball on Ben Hynish.
We could also see the other two Bens Kenavara and Hough
Closer to the beach is the diminutive Ben Gott.

As we head back to the car
It must be time to make tracks for home
For the plane is making its final approach to the airport.
The little Loganair Twin Otter looks so small from our viewpoint.

Final approach

On Monday our son arrived on Tiree with a sunburnt nose.
Thankfully we have enjoyed sunshine most of the week.
We have been spared the excessive heat of down south.
Can you tell I was made for cooler climes?

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.