What a great day May the 1st turned out to be.
The whole day was one big celebration
There was surprise and sunshine.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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 urge to watch the ferry berth was irresistible.
What a magnificent setting for her arrival.
The stage was set at 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.
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.
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.
Daylight hours are lengthening.
The gloamin’ turned the sky pink.
What a colourful picture the Passage of Tiree.
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.