A Watery Welcome

This year we saw in the New Year in Dundee
What an enjoyable time we spent in the City of Discovery.
It included a visit to the Dundee Rep Theatre to see ‘A Christmas Carol’.
On New Year’s Day we witnessed the annual ‘Big Dook’ at Broughty Ferry.

The Big Dook at Broughty Ferry in temperatures just above freezing

Our return journey was by Megabus to Glasgow.
We left Dundee with the sunrise and passed through a snowy landscape.
Our onward journey from Glasgow Airport was on the evening flight to Tiree.

Sunrise over the Tay / Approach to Tiree / Snow at ‎⁨Auchterarder
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We took off from Glasgow during a downpour.
The heavy rain followed us all the way to our home on Tiree.
Even in the dark it was evident that Tiree was indeed a watery world.

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The New Year brought a Full Moon.
Sadly we did not see it’s rise over the Isle of Tiree.
However, we did appreciate seeing it rise over the City of Dundee.

Sunrise over the Ross of Mull seen from the Monument in Pier Road, Tiree

At sunrise on Saturday the moon was still clearly visible.
As forecast we have enjoyed a sunny, rain-free day.
Tiree is known as the ‘Land Below The Waves’.
This week it is almost living up to the name.
We certainly received a watery welcome.

Journeys around and across the island bear testimony to the rainfall.
Much of the island’s landscape is at present drowning under water.
It makes it most difficult for the crofters. and their stock.

Ben Hynish from Balephetrish

As we crossed the island we had clear views of Ben More on Mull.
How impressive its snow capped peak was against the blue sky.
At times we could also make out Rum’s snow crowned  Cuillin.

The Reef is a low lying area in the middle of the island.
Tiree’s Airport is located at Crossapol and is on the Reef.
Once again the Reef is a powerful witness to the recent rainfall.

A flooded area on the Reef

With the full moon comes high tides.
At Baugh the road passes close to a small inlet called Millport.
It is clear from the seaweed and debris that the high tide reached the roadway

Stopping at Baugh we had a colourful view of Hynish.
The sun was setting and Hynish was seen as a silhouette.

Hynish from Baugh

It has become clear that it is not just the rain we missed while on holiday.
It is obvious there have been winds that have caused minor damage.
And at the pier it appears waves have taken their toll.

When I first saw the damage on the pier approach I thought, ‘Accident’!
However I was informed that it was the power of the waves.
Thankfully no one was injured.

A wintry sky over Gott Bay

This is ‘Life-on-Tiree’.
It has been a watery welcome.
But it is good to be back home on Tiree.

Ben More and the Dutchman’s Cap from the crofting township of Baugh

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