Friday the 13th of July.
What a glorious morning to arrive on Tiree.
The sea was perfectly calm and the sun was shining.
The buses were sitting waiting the arrival of the ferry.
The Pier Staff were prepared and the Team TMF volunteers were ready.
All that was required was for the MV Clansman to arrive from Oban via Coll.
In the bay the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland’s yacht had her sails hoisted.
As soon as the ferry was alongside the pier the yacht got under way.
The sun was dancing on the waves as she headed out to sea.
Since Wednesday a special timetable has been in operation.
Wednesday’s Barra sailing via the Gunna Sound was cancelled.
This was to enable the ferry to make two sailings from Oban to Tiree.
Wednesday’s sailings in particular carried commercial vehicles for the festival.
This year there have been many more caravans and motor-homes.
Thursday evening witnessed an additional sailing.
And it was busy with foot passengers!
It is an impressive sight to see the foot passengers streaming up the length of the pier.
On Friday morning, for a variety of reasons, they were guided onto the footway.
This year the whole operation went very smoothly.
With or without luggage it is quite a trek to the festival site at Crossapol.
So many avail themselves of the special festival bus service.
Waiting vans then carry their luggage.
The official TMF website states
Tiree Music Festival is more than a music festival.
It is a true island adventure to one of the most
stunning festival locations in the world.
TMF asks the festival goers to,
Think picture-perfect white sands. World-famous surf.
Deserted roads lined with lush greenery and wild flowers.
Not forgetting more sunshine than practically anywhere else in the UK.
It’s little wonder that the tiny Hebridean island of Tiree
is nicknamed the ‘Hawaii of the North’.
For the duration of the festival the roads are far from deserted.
For the weekend the island’s population must almost treble.
Whatever the weather it is a great place to live.
Certainly the festival goers have arrived to sunshine.
Last year’s festival had the strapline ‘Let There Be Sun’.
Perhaps this year’s slogan is more appropriate, ‘Whatever The Weather’.
The Church on Tiree has taken up the strapline, ‘Whatever The Weather’.
After all it is a good starting point to think about what is important in life.
All are welcome to the family friendly service held on the TMF site.
Coffee, tea and home bakes will be available from 10:30am
The music, readings and drama starts at 11:00.am
This is ‘Life on Tiree’ on the Festival Weekend.