May Day Celebrations

What a great day May the 1st turned out to be.
The whole day was one big celebration
There was surprise and sunshine.

The Flying Farmers’ meet up at Tiree – backdrop Balephetrish

A mid-morning telephone call gave an alert.
The ‘Flying Farmers’ were about to descend on Tiree.
This resulted on 11 planes parked on the apron at once.
(See the previous post relating to this most exciting event.)

Small Sale of Cattle and Sheep at the Rural Centre

There was a small sale of sheep and cattle on at the Rural Centre.
The ‘Clansman’ had on board 2 livestock lorries and sale staff.
Also on board the ferry was a visiting published author.
An ardent enthusiast for the MV Isle of Lewis.
Later in the day I was to meet up with him.

The MV Clansman returning from Barra

It being Wednesday the ferry continued onto Castlebay on Barra.
This gives the opportunity to spend the afternoon on Tiree.
Today the island was like a jewel set in a sparkling sea.
There were several foot passengers and cyclists.
What an afternoon of glorious sunshine.
It was Tiree at its best.

The MV Clansman entering the Gunna Sound with Rum as a backdrop

I had missed seeing the ferry passing through the Gunna Sound Barra bound.
The time spent at the airport meant I could not be at Caoles.
So I made sure I witnessed the ‘Clansman’s return.
She progressed majestically through the Sound.

Ben More on the Isle of Mull as seen from Caolas

Just before entering the Sound Rum provided the backdrop.
Due to the intensity of the sun Rum was just discernible.
In the Sound Gunna and Coll were the backdrop.
Laterally the backdrop was the Isle of Mull.

The MV Clansman progressing through the Gunna Sound and passing the navigation bouy

The urge to watch the ferry berth was irresistible.
What a magnificent setting for her arrival.
The stage was set at Gott Bay.

Crystal clear water gently laps the shore of Gott Bay

The various Crofts.
The shell sand of the beach.
The azure waters of Gott Bay.
And distant Ben More on the Isle of Mull.

The stage is set for the arrival of the MV Clansman

Little traffic arrived from Barra.
(Only a motorhome and a few foot passengers.)
However Oban bound from Tiree the ferry was well loaded.
This included the two livestock lorries with cattle and sheep.

The restored old harbour Scarinish

Work is progressing on upgrading Milton harbour.
As a result several fishing boats have been displaced.
How attractive three of them were in Scarinish old harbour.

The gloamin’ over Scarinish

Daylight hours are lengthening.
The gloamin’ turned the sky pink.
What a colourful picture the Passage of Tiree.

Pink skies over the Passage of Tiree and the Isle of Mull – Scarinish Lighthouse

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.
Looking forward to receiving visitors.
On May the First Tiree lived up to its reputation.
On May the First Tiree was indeed the Sunshine Island.

The azure blue water of Gott Bay