Throughout the year, weather permitting and whenever possible, our normal evening walk is timed to see the sun set from the CMAL pier in Gott Bay. From this vantage point the sunset is often reflected on the waters of Gott Bay or the wet sand on the shore and on a rare occasion by the […]Read more "A Fresh Perspective"
After our walk along Gott Bay our time was limited. We had an evening commitment so we had to keep one eye on the time. Nevertheless there was still sufficed time to explore the secret passage at Vaul. Rather than walk along the beach we headed for Upper Vaul. The Machair was still colourful against […]Read more "The Secret Passage"
It was an illustration of the art of flight. Our walk along Gott Bay was a vivid demonstration. The birds overhead scored higher than the kite surfers in the water. Gott Bay contains Tiree’s Big Beach. In Gaelic the beach is known as Tràigh Mhòr. The afternoon’s low tide emphasised the sheer expanse of sand. Out in […]Read more "The Art of Flight"
The saying is ‘A Shepherd’s Delight’. A delight it was, but it did not herald sunny weather. Rather the following day turned out sultry and thundery. Our home is close to the pier so it is natural to watch the sunset from there. For a slight variation I first crossed the fields and onto the […]Read more "Simply Sunset"
It appears Perverse May was the month of summer weather. Yet the moment visitors arrive the weather changes. For a whole week the sun did not break through the clouds. Then as soon as they leave on the ferry the sun breaks through. The MV Clansman in Gott Bay as the clouds begin to thin. […]Read more "Summer Breaks Out"
Thank you to the S2 and S3 pupils of Tiree High School for such a polished, professional tour of the island on a day of rather inclement weather. Mr Derek Campbell provided a warm welcome. The first of the pupils gave his well researched presentation. His theme was the British Minesweeping Trawler ‘HMS Tiree’. Pupils […]Read more "Tremendous Tiree Tour"
It was a much appreciated birthday present. An excursion from Tiree to Oban aboard the PS Waverley. A day that ended amidst Oban’s stunning scenery, ships and sunset. On Tuesday morning we woke to a grey day with incessant rain. At Oban’s North Pier the PS Waverley looked a sad sight. She got under way […]Read more "In Retrospect"
It’s Friday morning. The ferry arrives early at 9:35am It sails direct from Oban without visiting Coll. As well as the MV Clansman there is a small craft in the bay. The vessel does not come alongside the pier. Instead it lies off in the bay to the West of the pier. No name is […]Read more "Curiosity"
Bed and Breakfast had been booked in Oban. It was important that we had a contingency plan. Thankfully the PS Waverley’s advertised sailing took place. There was no need to resort to PLAN B – travel from Tiree to Oban by the ferry. Our arrival at Oban’s North Pier was just after 7:30pm. It was […]Read more "Epilogue"
Yes! Full Steam Ahead bound for Tobermory and Oban. But first we must reverse away from the pier out into the bay. This is Life on Tiree on board the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer. The sun has broken through the clouds. It is looking promising for our sail to Oban. The telegraph sounds from […]Read more "Full Steam Ahead – Part 2"