Tiree – the most beautiful of all!

The ferry leaves from Oban every day
And passes Tobermory on the way,
Then just beyond the lovely isle of Coll,
Is Tiree, the most beautiful of all.
(Moira Kerr)

It all began with a day trip to Tiree in August 2011,
followed by a week’s holiday in August 2012
and then the need to find a house
as a consequence of one of life’s many milestones.

After forty years living in England,
including six years in Cambridgeshire,
twenty-four years in Oxfordshire
and ten years in Somerset,
we returned to the land of our birth, Scotland.
From Wiveliscombe in Somerset,
we moved to the Isle of Tiree,
the most westerly of the Inner Hebrides.

Some people sell their home and purchase a camper-van
and set out on a world tour – the Isle of Tiree is our adventure.
In so many ways this is an adventure in the life of faith.

As far as we know, we can lay no claim to any historical link to the Isle of Tiree.
Never did we ever imagine that we would moving to a Scottish island, far less to Tiree.
Yet we firmly believe that our coming to the Island was part of God’s plan for our lives.

In December 2012, at a crucial point in our decision making,
we were reading in the Bible, in the Book of Exodus, how God said to Moses,
“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest”
and we understood this to be God assuring us concerning the move to Tiree.
Months went by and it appeared little progress was being made
when once again God’s word spoke to us in the course of our daily reading of the Bible,
“God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”

So here we are experiencing life on Tiree.
Alan and Ursula

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