Flying The Flag

Last year, 2018, was marked by 3 very special events
The construction and launch of the Tiree Skiff.
The unveiling and raising of the Tiree Flag.
The inauguration of Tiree Sea Tours.

The Skiff almost ready for launch day

The Noust was the construction site for the Tiree Skiff.
For some of the labour force it was a like a second home.
Work began in the depth of winter with hail blowing into the Noust.
It was completed when the Skiff was launched on the 1st of September.

On a wintry morning three hardy kit builders at the door of the Noust with the MV Clansman in the background

Many islanders and visitors visited the Noust to see the progress on the build.
The progress was recorded by Dr John Holliday in his daily postings.
You now have the opportunity to see for yourself what was involved.
His record is available as a blog at https://skifftalk.home.blog/

Launch Day at Scarinish Harbour

Soon there will be the opportunity to crew.
Accomplished rowers and learners are all welcome.
In a few weeks time the Tiree Skiff will leave its winter home.

The skiff on an outing to Gott Bay

The Tiree Skiff was not the only launch in 2018.
Tiree Sea Tours Limited was established in February 2018.
It was launched by uncle and nephew team Donnie and Frazer MacInnes.
For most of the season the weather could hardly have been kinder to the enterprise.

Tiree Sea Tours Logo

The craft employed is named Aurora,
It is an 8.5 Humber offshore quinquari marine custom built seafari RIB
Trips included the majestic Skeeryvore Lighthouse and Puffin Island Lunga.
On other occasions they visited Staffa, Iona, the Treshnish Isles and the Isle of Coll.

The Aurora approaching Skerryvore lighthouse

Their first season was a great success with more than 1500 passengers .
Considerable interest has already been expressed for the 2019 season.
The waters around Tiree are full of Marine interest.
So head over to http://tireeseatours.co.uk.

A must for 2019 a trip to Lunga to see the puffins and other wildlife

In 2018 the Tiree flag was revealed, unfurled and raised high.
It was another important milestone for the island.
This year the flag will be flying high.
That is when the winds die down.

The Flying High

You may not have a flag pole on which to raise the flag.
However, why not wear the flag on your lapel?
Other tasteful goods are also available.

The Tiree Flag

This is ‘Life on Tiree’ flying the flag.
Here’s to a great 2019 season for the island.

Another Puffin – Beautiful