On the Isle of Tiree you run out of superlatives.
It is so refreshing to have visitors to stay.
It is interesting to see the island through their eyes.
It is enlightening to hear their comments about Tiree.
We had various responsibilities in the afternoon.
So, in the morning we made the most of the time available.
First of all we stopped at Gott Bay to photograph the postboxes.
With a full moon only a day away it was a low tide.
It was impressive the vast expanse of sand that lay exposed.
What struck our guests was how white the shell sand appeared.
The island is shaped like a lamb chop.
Gott, Vaul and Salem lie on the shank bone.
This is the narrowest point, less than a mile wide.
There was no time to visit the Vaul broch.
The Western Isles were shrouded in the heat mist.
Nevertheless Vaul itself was impressive with its sandy beach.
Returning to Gott Bay we had to stop once again.
On the edge of the beach were some cattle.
There were a number of cows and calves.
Then it was a short drive to Salum
Sadly we could not do do the location justice.
Once again our friends were suitably impressed.
So many beaches and everyone different.
They all had sand washed by azure blue sea.
Yet each beach has its own distinctive character.
So we returned to Scarinish intoxicated with what we had seen.
Once again we were blessed with blue sky and a few clouds.
The morning’s gentle breeze dropped in the afternoon.
Our afternoon’s responsibilities took us to Baugh.
So one of our guests took to exploring the stunning beach at Baugh.
He returned from his walk with photographic evidence of his explorations.
It is not just the beaches and the scenery that are intoxicating.
It is the fact you don’t know what you will see next.
Early evening it was a boat anchored in Gott Bay.
It turned out to be the Hjalmar Bjørge.
A small cruise ship based in Oban.
We had an appointment at the pier.
A regular visitor to the island was leaving on Tuesday evening.
The pier is a place to extend a warm welcome and to say goodbye.
Vessels that normally cross paths in Oban met this evening in Gott Bay
Hjalmar Bjørge and the MV Clansman both enjoyed the sunshine.
What an evening for a cruise back to Oban!
Xemetman, who is passionate about weather, reports
“Tiree is the place to go if you want to top up your tan this month.
In the first eight days they’ve already got a ton up with 113.2 hours of sunshine,
which is a daily average of 14.1 hours,
and almost 90% of the maximum possible.
Yesterday at Tiree, they cracked the 15 hours of sunshine in a single day mark,
and will no doubt do it again today.”
His forecast was accurate
the following day we had 15.1 hours of sunshine.
This is ‘Life on Tiree’ reporting from the ‘Sunshine Isle’.
We may not be the warmest but we are the place to top up your tan.