It’s one of these mornings when it is on the wild side.
The sky is a dismal grey and it is wet and windy.
Thankfully the morning plane landed.
However, today’s ferry is cancelled.
On such a morning it is easy to suffer memory loss.
To forget the beautiful days of sunshine in the past 7 days.
To forget that on Sunday (01/04) Tiree was the sunniest place in the UK.
And to forget the crystal clear views we have enjoyed of neighbouring islands.
So just a colourful reminder to self.
Stop! Recall! Look back with appreciation.
Tiree is a jewel in the isles of the Inner Hebrides.
(For a larger photograph double click on any image.)
On Good Friday the MV Hebrides visited Tiree
Sadly her visit to the Oban / Coll / Tiree route was to be short lived.
This Clyde built vessel is much appreciated throughout the West Coast of Scotland
It was on a sunny day that Tiree Sea Tours launched their new venture.
On Good Friday they made their inaugural trip to Skerryvore Lighthouse.
What a welcome addition to the list of services provided for residents and visitors.
Easter Day proved to be a gloriously sunny day.
From dawn to dusk Tiree was bathed by sunshine.
It all added to the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection.
The day began for some with a sunrise service on the shore at Baugh.
Easter Day had many on the island out with their cameras.
It was in the attempt to capture the colourful sunset.
Many photos found their way on to social media.
On Monday we had to say goodbye to the MV Hebrides.
She had to return north to her normal route on the Uig Triangle.
From Uig on the Isle of Skye she sails to Lochmaddy (N. Uist) and Tabert (Harris).
Work is progressing steadily on the repairs to the pier at Scarinish harbour.
The workforce on site will have appreciated calm days and sunshine.
Another great reflection of life on Tiree.
Tuesday proved to a slight blip in the sunshine stakes.
However, Wednesday saw a return to colourful blue skies and seas.
The vans in the foreground added perspective to the majestic scenery around us.
The combination of white shell sand and blue sky produces azure blue sea.
On Wednesday we looked out to the distant peaks of the Paps of Jura.
And yes! They were snow capped.
For one day only the MV Isle of Mull visited Tiree.
With no sailing on the Tuesday she brought welcome additional capacity.
The MV Hebrides had returned north and LOTI had been storm bound at Lochboisdale.
This is the 4th CalMac vessel to visit Tiree
since the MV Clansman went into dry dock in Greenock.
[MV Hebridean Isles, MV Lord of the Isles, MV Hebrides, MV Isle of Mull]
Wednesday evening was crowned by a beautiful sunset.
No need to travel far, just step out the door and click.
There it was in all its beauty.
Thursday proved to be the lull before the storm.
It was yet another day of bright sunshine.
A feast for the eyes.
Thursday was a day when the sun danced on the sea.
It was a day when your eyes were drawn to distant isles and peaks.
It was a day when you were thankful to be able to see and appreciate.
It was a day to appreciate not only the beauty but the One who made it.
The Mighty Creator God who has revealed himself in his Son, Jesus Christ.
From the short summit in the road at Baugh what views all round.
A view that took in Ben More on Mull and the Dutchman’s Cap.
A view that took in Baugh / Crossapol Beach.
In fact right around the island.
Seen from the pier at Scarinish the Paps of Jura looked like icebergs.
It always amazes that these peaks are over fifty miles away.
Yet, some days they appear so close.
With the various twists and turns of the island’s roads,
mainly due to following their way round the many bays
the neighbouring islands appear to change their position.
One such example is the Rum Cuillin.
Above the Rum Cuillin provides the backdrop for Ruaig.
With a north wind on Wednesday white horses pranced on Gott Bay.
On Thursday the wind dropped for most of the day and all was calm.
With a forecast for high winds and swell conditions for Friday
the MV Lord of Isles made two crossings to Tiree on Thursday.
The first departure left Oban Ferry Terminal at 4 in the morning.
The two sailings were much appreciated in the present circumstances.
Once again on Saturday there will be two crossings to the Isle of Tiree.
(LOTI has only the deck space for vehicles as does the MV Clansman)
This is Life on Tiree with an important note to self.