‘Showing Off’

Generally speaking it is not a compliment to be described as a ‘Show Off’.
However to show off the island to a visitor is a different matter.
And yesterday Tiree was was to be seen at its very best.

“Watch Me Mummy”

We were not the sunniest place in the UK.
We were not even the sunniest place in Strathclyde.
However, it certainly felt as if we were the sunniest spot.
From the first rays at dawn to the last rays at sunset the shone beat down.

The suns beat down turning the sea azure blue

The mercury rose.
The thermometer climbed up.
On Tiree we reached an amazing 21.7 °
It may not be amazing to you but it was to me.
It felt as if I was back on holiday on the Adriatic Coast.
No wonder the Isle of Tiree is known as the ‘Hawaii of the North’.

The MV Clansman slowly approaches the pier

I was meeting a Canadian couple arriving on the ferry.
They had come to view what was his ancestral home.
And it was their first visit to the island.
What a morning to arrive!

The Pier Office and Marshalling Lanes on a busy Bank Holiday Monday

The marshalling lanes were busy.
There appeared to be a good number of foot passengers.
What really caught my attention was the vessel at anchor in the bay.

Lady of Avenel

This was the ‘The Lady of Avenel’.
She is a 102ft Brigantine square rigged ship.
She offers adventure holidays and can sleep up to 12 guests.
Later in the day she left to make the crossing to the island of Iona.

Our Canadian Guests with ancestral ties to Tiree

It was the ‘Late May Bank Holiday’ and the MV Clansman was well loaded.
After a cuppa they were taken to Kenovay to see the crofting township.
Then in early afternoon we set out on a whistle stop tour.
Every so often we get out walk and photograph.
What memories to carry home.

Gott Bay (the Big Beach) looking towards Ben More on the Isle of Mull

We left Scarinish and headed east along the shore of Gott Bay.
‘An Tràigh Mhòr’ is the Isle of Tiree’s largest beach.
That is the meaning of the Gaelic (Mhòr’ = Big).

“You be careful little one it’s a long way down!” – The Headland at Vaul

We took a slight detour and made our way to Vaul and onto the headland.
We could make out Eigg and Rum but it was too bright to photograph them.
The evening before I had photographed the sun set over the Western isles from Vaul.

From Vaul we look back towards Kirkapol and Scarinish

From Vaul we made our way to Caolas before dropping down to Milton Harbour.
Along the way we met cattle who on Tiree love grazing by the roadside.
At Gott Bay they proved they enjoyed the beach as well.

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A particular joy was the Machair.
There was plenty of evidence it was beginning to bloom.
The long hours of sunlight and the heat are working wonders.
From east to west the island is taking on its coat of many colours.

We headed West by Balephetrish, Cornagg and then on to Balevullin.
How popular Balevullin Beach was today – in and out of the water,
Our guests impressed remarked, ‘Hawaii of the North’.

Setting out once more we went via Hough, Sandaig and Heylipol.
Like all good tours we made a stop at ‘Chocolates and Charms’.
Sadly with time constraints our stop had to be brief.

Skerryvore Lighthouse from West Hynish

By Balinoe, Soroby, and Balephuil we made our way to West Hynish.
What an impressive landmark the ‘Golf Ball’ is on Ben Hynish’.
Our ‘Big Ben’ affords a wonderful 360° panorama.
Skerryvore Lighthouse was clearly visible.
Even in the heat haze!

It’s like sitting on top of the world – Amazing views from the top of Ben Hynish

Today our guests had to look hard to see seals.
I had to work hard to convince them this was a favourite location.
But back home the camera gave the necessary evidence of their presence.
It appeared that they had taken to sunning themselves on the nearby skerries.

You just had too look hard to sea them!

There was just time head from Hynish via Balemartine and Manal.
It was getting close to the allotted time for their evening meal.
There was just enough time visit the Skerryvore Museum.

Look East – from the top of Ben Hynish

Then it was back to Scarinish via Crossapol, Baugh and Heanish.
For sun seekers Tiree was at its very best today.
‘Showing Off’ in the best sense of the phrase.

Thrift (or Sea Pink) at Hynish

To end the day yet another cracker of a sunset.
Many profess to like watching it sink into ocean at Balevullin.
But I have to confess to appreciate watching the sunset from the pier.
(It’s more environmentally friendly – I don’t have to take the car – I can walk)

This is Life on Tiree