A Note To Self

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.

Wind Surfing in the sunshine

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.

A LoganAir Twin Otter in the blue sky above Tiree

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.)

The MV Hebrides in Gott Bay making her approach to the pier

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

Tiree Sea Tours

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.

It is April the 1st and sunrise appreciated at Baugh

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.

Sunset from Balevullin

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).

The old harbour at Scarinish

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.

The view across the rich waters of the Passage of 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.

Looking across from the Beach at Scarinish to the Paps of Jura – fifty miles away

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.

The MV Isle of Mull against a snow capped Ben More on the Isle of Mull

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’s sunset over Ben Gott

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.

The island’s ‘Ring and Ride bus service stands out against the snow capped peaks on the Isle of Mull

Thursday proved to be the lull before the storm.
It was yet another day of bright sunshine.
A feast for the eyes.

A day when the sun danced on the sea

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.

Tiree’s famous black cattle and Baugh/Crossapol beach

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.

Ben Hynish and our famous Golf Ball

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.

What appear as icebergs are in fact the Paps of Jura

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.

With a north wind blowing white horses prance across Gott Bay

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.

The MV Lord of the Isles (2nd sailing)

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)

Balevullin beach bathed in the glow of the setting sun

This is Life on Tiree with an important note to self.