Shades of Blue

It was our visitors last full day on Tiree.
What an incredible day it turned out to be.
Both sky and sea were so many different shades of blue.

A colourful scene at the Old Harbour, Scarinish

The day had a leisurely start.
In the morning we enjoyed a walk to the pier.
Then we put our head into the Noust to admire the Tiree Skiff.
Afterwards we enjoyed a cup of coffee in the Yellow Hare, Cafe and Gift Shop.

The Yellow Hare Coffee Shop with gifts on offer too

John had intended to take part in this year’s Tiree 10K and Half-Marathon.
Sadly he had to withdraw due to an earlier injury to his leg and back.
Even at the end of his week on the island he was still suffering.
However a walk at the Maze was on his ‘list to dos’.

The vast expanse of sand at the Maze – the figures emphasising this fact

So, after lunch we headed west to the Maze.
At the Maze there is a sense of wilderness, even remoteness.
There is nothing but the ocean, the sand, the rocks and the dunes.
Crofts, houses and any other form of human activity are all out of sight.

The Maze

It was quiet.
The waves were not crashing on the shore.
The ocean was just gently lapping on the sand.
And both sky and sea were so many different shades of blue.

Skerryvore Lighthouse seen from the Maze

For a brief moment the stillness was interrupted.
The whirring of rotor blades could be heard.
Then a helicopter came into view.
And it was gone.

The red and black of the helicopter emphasising the intense blue of the sky

On our way back we had company.
There were others sharing the beach.
A heard of cows had come down to the water’s edge.
Somehow the sight added to the attraction of the Maze.

Company on the beach

All too soon we made our way back to our parked car.
It was far too early to return home so we had a tour of the island.
First of all we headed for Sandaig, Heylipol and then out to Hynish.

Gulls appreciating the various shades of blue at Hynish

From Hynish we headed east and eventually ended up at Vaul.
As we made our way by Balephetrish a plane was landing.
It turned out to be an air ambulance.
Thankfully someone returning home.

The Air Ambulance on its final approach to the Airport

Once again both sky and sea shared so many different shades of blue.
It was one of those occasions when the mountains of Mull belonged to Tiree.
For a brief moment you loose sight of the sea and Ben More feels part of Tiree.

Looking across from Vaul towards the Isle of Mull

Back home in Scarinish we happened to look out of our south facing window.
From our window we enjoy the view towards the distant Paps of Jura.
However on this occasion a large cruise ship was in line of sight.
The ‘Columbus’ was proceeding south in the Passage of Tiree.

The cruise ship ‘Columbus’ in the Passage of Tiree with the Paps of Jura as a backdrop

Then it was time to head out once more.
We were off out for our evening meal at Sandaig.
To the award winning Ceabhar Restaurant and Bun Dubh Brewery.
The food, much of which is sourced locally, is great and the service excellent.
As for the setting, there are views of Ben Hynish, Kenavara and Skerryvore Lighthouse.

As we left Ceabhar for home the sun was setting over the Atlantic Ocean.
Instead of shades of blue it was the shades of the setting sun.
What delight to drive home in the gloaming’.

Next morning we woke up to further shades of blue.
Not bad! 7.5 days out of 8 we had enjoyed the shades of blue.
The view out of the house and car windows was almost tropical.
When you stepped outside you felt as if the breeze was from the Artic.
Yet, find a sheltered spot and it was most pleasant – not too hot or cold.

The MV Clansman in Gott Bay

As the ferry berthed it was time to say “goodbye”.
A phase that literally means ‘God be With You’.
Friendship and fellowship are so important.
And theirs is much valued.

God Be With You

What a great pleasure it is to take friends around the island.
To show off Tiree and they appreciated the shades of blue.
They also commented on the quietness.
No background sound.
Just bird song!

It’s sunset and fishing boats anchored in Gott Bay

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.