Bliadhna Mhath Ùr

Its 31st December 2019 and the final post for the year to say, Bliadhna Mhath Ùr – Happy New Year. It was beautiful sunrise on the last day of the year. The orange glow filled our south facing room as we sat down to a slightly later breakfast. Throughout the day the sky was blue, even […]

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The Hours of Darkness

It is Monday, 30th December and – unusually for the winter – we have two sailings from Oban to Coll and Tiree. Due to previous weather disruptions, an amended timetable operated today. In the winter there is no sailing on a Friday and due to the strength of the wind and sea conditions both Saturday […]

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Every Picture

It’s that point in the calendar when the media, including social media, reviews the year that is fast slipping away. In a few days’ time we will step into another decade and a year that is a leap year. What better time to select just one picture from each month that was 2019. It has […]

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Day of Contrasts

Boxing Day 2019 was a day of contrasts. For a start it was a sharp contrast from Christmas Day. Yesterday looked like a summer’s day. The sun was shining, the air was still and the sea was calm.  How different, for most of today the island was under a blanket of high level cloud, the […]

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Christmas Day in the Morning

“I saw three ships come sailing in On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day I saw three ships come sailing in On Christmas Day in the morning” On the flat calm waters of the Passage of Tiree there was a lone fishing boat working off Scarinish harbour but it made us think of  the popular 17th […]

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‘Tis The Eve Before Christmas

This evening’s winter sundown may not have lasted long but while it lasted it was so appealing. With a big day ahead we will let the photographs speak for themselves. The views are from our west facing window over the Scarinish skyline. Life on Tiree appreciating the work of our Creator’s hand. To think that […]

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Happy Christmas

Recently a red coated gentleman and his special friend with a famous red nose made a flypast over the island. They were last seen heading north towards his workshop, probably to be prepared for their annual busy night.  Life on Tiree has learned that they both appreciated the addition of the reindeer beside the island’s […]

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The Mighty Conqueror

It is not by any accident that the MV Clansman is known as ‘The Mighty One’ and today, Wednesday 19th December 2019, under Skipper Lewis MacKenzie she was ‘the Mighty Conqueror’. Under the winter timetable, when vessels take their turn to go for their annual overhaul, there are only 5 crossings a week to the […]

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Plus To Minus

It almost seems strange to say that we left behind the relative warmth of Tiree for the freezing temperatures of the Mainland.  Yet, strange as it might seem that is what we did on Saturday. The Isle of Tiree has a mild climate with some of the highest levels of sunshine recorded anywhere in the […]

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