Life on Tiree is almost 5 years old.
The story began when we moved to the island.
It was as the name suggests about our life on Tiree.
Many friends wanted to know what island life was like.
Especially when Tiree is about 4 hours by ferry from the Mainland.
The Ordinance Survey lists Tiree as the 19th largest island in Great Britain.
The Hebrides (‘Islands on the Edge’) lie off the West Coast of Scotland.
The Isle of Tiree is the most westerly of the Inner Hebrides.
And it is surrounded by white shell sand beaches.
The island is low lying and is sometimes called the ‘Land below the Waves’.
Its shores are in effect washed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Sometimes these waters are referred to as the Inner Seas.
It claims to be one of the sunniest locations in the UK.
But it can also be extremely windy due to its position.
There are no mountains to stop westerly winds!
Today the National Health Service is celebrating its 70th Birthday.
Tiree is well served by the island’s valued health team.
They are professionals who treat people as people.
They have not lost the personal touch.
Most aspects of health, physical and mental, are covered on the island.
Medical emergencies requiring hospitalisation are taken by air ambulance.
While routine hospital appointments are mainly in Oban, Glasgow or Paisley.
At the start of this week I had a routine hospital appointment in Glasgow.
The NHS pay for the air flight from Tiree to Glasgow and return.
Thanks to friends in Glasgow I had accommodation.
It is time consuming but a great service.
Today I have a dental appointment.
Thankfully the dentist visits the island regularly.
In between the dentist’s visits a hygienist comes to the island.
We are grateful for the services of the island’s resident optometrist.
Unlike the Mainland Tiree still has a ‘Meals on Wheels’ service.
And at present there is a greatly valued Eventide Home.
Thank you to everyone who is part of the health team.
You are much appreciated and deserve our thanks.
The Twin Otter’s shadow over sea, sand and onto the runway
This is life on Tiree.