More Than

The date was the the 29th of April.
The event was the Tiree 10K and Half Marathon.
The location was the beautiful Isle of Tiree, Scotland.
But, there is more to Tiree than simply providing a backdrop.

The podium on Soroby beach

It’s not a sales pitch.
It’s not an advertising slogan.
There is more to Tiree than providing a backdrop.
Tiree is an island where people live and work throughout the year.

At low tide seals sunbathing at West Hynish

Tiree is the most westerly of the Inner Hebrides.
It is surrounded by the great Atlantic Ocean.
By air it’s just under an hour from Glasgow.
By ferry it’s about 4 hours from Oban.

The NATS Golf Ball on Ben Hynish – a home with a view of the Atlantic Ocean – and flowers opening up to the sun.

Our location means we are doubly conscious of the weather.
Friday when many competitors arrived was calm and sunny.
Saturday, the Race day, was bright but breezy.
Sunday was simply and enjoyably sunny.

High tide at Scarinish Old Harbour on Saturday evening

On Sunday it is always a joy to meet with the church family.
It is a fact that knowing God and enjoying him is life transforming.
It was a bonus meeting family members who had come for the race.

Tiree is one of the most complete crofting systems in Scotland.
The ferry that brought runners to Tiree took Crofters to the Mainland.
Three or more crofters were heading to the ‘bull sales’ at Stirling Mart.
It is great to be able to report that two crofters gained prestigious awards.

We have had a guest staying with us over the past week.
On Sunday afternoon they wanted to head for the East End.
As we drove along the shore of Gott Bay we saw a newly born lamb.
The crofter informed us that it had been born about 10 minutes before.

Out in the bay kite surfers were making good use of the slight breeze.
Their colourful kites stand out against the blue of the sky and sea.
Surfers have so many different beaches to choose from.
The island is home to some young surfing champions.

A splash of colour in Gott Bay

Tiree residents can you guess the location of this date stone?
A clue, it lies in front of a ruin with an outstanding view.
It is close to beach where seals follow you.

A stone with a date – 1821

No prizes for guessing.
The stone is to be found at Vaul.
Here our guest appreciated a walk along this beach.

Sunday evening provided a Tiree sunset.
At the same time the new moon was to be seen in the sky.
The same effect was to be observed the following evening.

Monday’s Tiree Sunset

On Monday evening we joined some friends at Heanish.
It was the beginning of a birthday party on the beach.
Some gusts had lit a small fire on the sand.
It turned into a moonlight celebration.

Beach Party by Moonlight

The drama was to the west.
As the sun dropped the sky turned shades of red.
What a fitting end to the day and the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Sunset from Heanish

It is only the 1st of May.
Yet the sky was still light gone 10:00pm.
Oh! I do love what we refer to as the gloamin’.

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.