Flat calm seas.
Wall to wall blue sky.
Hardly a breath of wind.
Bright, warm, sunny weather.
No coats, scarfs, gloves or hats.
Instead suncream and sunglasses.
For one of our guests the day began with an 8 mile run
It took in the full length of Gott Bay there and back.
And he did it all before before breakfast.
Later he and I returned to Gott Bay in order to leave the island.
We crossed over to the tidal island of Soa
On Soa it was unbelievably warm
The sea was unbelievably blue.
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Lunch was most pleasant at the Farmhouse Cafe in Balemartine.
From there we made our way to the seal colony at West Hynish.
We even discovered a beach that we didn’t know about.
Naturally we nicknamed it the ‘Secret Beach’
Again the word unbelievable was uttered.
The deep blue sky reflected in the Surrounding seas.
The seals lazing about on the rocks enjoying the warm sun.
Other seals took to the water from where they took an interest in us.
Next on the itinerary was the climb up Ben Hynish to the Golf Ball.
Then the all important photographs at the Trig Point.
And of course one in front of the Golf Ball.
The views as we descended Ben Hynish were breathtaking.
We could see Skerryvore lighthouse and its skerry-base
We looked down on West Hynish and Balephuil.
Once again we heard the word – unbelievable.
We could not return home yet.
We had to walk along Balephuil beach.
We could hardly believe it when we saw a seal there.
All day we kept encountering hares.
Our guests could not get over how large they are.
And unbelievably they were willing to pose for a photograph.
To round the day off we headed across to Balephetrish.
For much of the trip across the setting sun was blinding.
We could hardly see the road in places the rays were so powerful.
Since our visitors arrived on Saturday they have enjoyed sunshine.
For our guests every turn in the road brought something fresh.
Right to the lasts rays of the setting sun at Balephetrish.
Just to cap it all off the moon over the Passage of Tiree.
We had to stop at the Post Office in Scarinish.
Our guests had to send an urgent postcard.
The wanted to say, “It is unbelievable!”
This is ‘Life on Tiree’
On Sunday 7th May Tiree was the sunniest place in the UK.
The official figures were for 15 hours of sunshine.
Monday must surely have been that figure.