Celebrating With Gratitude

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.

Gott Bay, Ruaig and Salum beach from the air -about the narrowest part of the island

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.

Gott Bat and the ‘Big Beach’ from the air

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.

Memorial to Dr Buchanan – Tiree’s first doctor

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!

Baugh Surgery and former surgery

The Isle of Tiree has a population of about 650.
Like many island communities it has suffered from depopulation.
However many islanders work extremely hard to prevent further depopulation.

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.

Loganair Twin Otter providing return flight to Glasgow

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.

Tiree Airport from Monday’s flight to Glasgow

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.

Iona and its Abbey from the flight to Glasgow

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.

Staffa and Fingal’s cave from the return flight to Tiree

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.

Loch Lomond from the return flight to Tiree

Thank you to everyone who is part of the health team.
You are much appreciated and deserve our thanks.
Thank You.

The Twin Otter’s shadow over sea, sand and onto the runway

This is life on Tiree.

Home to another Tiree sunset behind Island House