Where The Music Meets The Ocean

‘Where the Music Meets the Ocean’ that’s the strapline for Tiree Music Festival 2022. Surely there can be no other UK Music Festival so close to the sea. Just across the single track road from the festival site, the family campsite is almost on the shore and in the bay yachts sat anchor. You could […]

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Fèis Week

It is the week of the Fèis. In 1990, the Fèis Thiriodh was established to foster and promote the language, culture and music of Tiree. Most of these traditions have been handed down through the medium of Gaelic and the language is used as much as possible. For those of us who have little or no Gaelic, there is much to learn about Tiree’s traditionl culture.

The yacht – Blue Clipper – leaving just hours before the ‘invasion’.

Iseabail Chaimbeul, a Tiree resident, reported – Another brilliant week at Fèis on Tiree, celebrating 30 years! Such brilliant tutors and an amazing committee working so hard to make it all happen. Móran taing dhuibh uile.  Earlier in the week Feis Thiriodh youngsters and tutors Scott Wood and Mhairi Marwick Wood, performed for Tigh a’ Rudha Care Home.

Thursday evening – foot passengers descending via the gangway

The weekend witnesses another ‘Fèis’ – Fèis Chiùil Thiridh. In other words Tiree Music Festival. Over the weekend the island’s population more than doubles with the arrival of those attending the festival.

Foot passengers coming up the stern ramp

Due to the pandemic ’TMF’ had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021. This must have created all manner of problems for the organisers as both events had to be organised well in advance. There must be a sigh of relief that TMF 2022 is actually underway.

Foot passengers heading up the pier

It has not been without its problems. Early in the week the festival organisers were informed by the company that was about to set up the Big Top that they would not be able to carry out the work due to a lack of specialist staff. 

TMF Bus Stop by the pier

What a blow!  However, at short notice they were able to borrow a Saddlespan Stage from Nevis Range in Fort William which has allowed them to continue the festival. Good News indeed.

The ‘MV Clansman’ arriving out of the murk

With no Big Top TMF will  be held completely outdoors and those attending the festival are advised to be aware of the weather and bring appropriate clothing.

The ‘Mighty One’ approaching the pier

The weather for much of the week has had a major impact on flights to the island.  Poor visibility resulted in the cancellation of flights on several days, even making it impossible for the air ambulance to land.  On Friday morning the first flight was cancelled, but in the afternoon two flights were able to land.

The bridge

CalMac, the ferry operator, has an amended timetable in place to facilitate the arrival and departure of festival goers and the vital commercial vehicles.  Running Wednesday to Wednesday there is an  additional sailing on most days. 

The sound of the ‘PIPES’ could be heard coming across the waters of the bay

The first wave of the invasion was on Thursday evening, with the arrival of the ‘MV Clansman’ with around 550 passengers on board,  the majority of them being foot passengers. It seemed so appropriate that the Skipper on these crossings is from the Isle of Tiree. Working closely with the captain and crew of the ferry, the pier team safely brought vehicles and fort passengers ashore.

From the wings of the bridge a watchful eye

First of all the vehicles and their passengers came ashore, followed by the foot passengers.  The majority of the foot passengers came off via the car deck, with some descending the gangway. No one was allowed to make their way up the pier until the car deck had been cleared.

The Elevate Stage

At the head of the pier buses were ready and waiting to take foot passengers, to the site by An Talla at Crossapol. Much of their luggage was transported by van to be collected later at the site.

Saddlespan Stage

Just over twelve hours later the second wave arrived. The ‘MV Clansman’ entered the bay out of the murk that hung over the island. From the stern of the ferry the sound of the bagpipes could be heard and as the vessel swung round to berth the piper could be seen as well as heard.

TMF Glamping

With more vehicles and foot passengers leaving the island, all the inbound foot passengers were brought off via the car deck, once it had been cleared of vehicles. Once again the pier team must be congratulated for the manner in which the arrival of almost 600 passengers was managed.

Transmit Festival in Glasgow is no rival when it comes to views
Keep smiling no matter the weather

The Tiree Music Festival Website paints an idyllic picture of ‘Life on Tiree’ – Think picture-perfect white sands. World-famous surf. Deserted roads lined with lush greenery and wild flowers. Not forgetting more sunshine than practically anywhere else in the UK. It’s little wonder that the tiny Hebridean island of Tiree is nicknamed the ‘Hawaii of the North’. 

The expanse of Baugh Beach Crossapol

The sand is white and the surf is world famous, but when over a thousand festival goers descend on the island the roads are no longer deserted. As for sunshine, this year it has deserted the West Coast of Scotland, including the Isle of Tiree. As the festival goers made their way onto the island you could see the shock on some of their faces as they encountered the mist and drizzle. Some were decidedly under dressed for the weather.

Wild Swimming – no wet-suits

At least the forecast does not include high winds and by Sunday there might even be some sunshine.  It may even be out for the Sunday Service led by Celtic Worship from the Saddlespan Stage with Church on Tiree involved in the gathering.  The band, Celtic Worship, is a collective of some of Scotland’s most talented folk musicians who approach worship from a unique standpoint, blending traditional and contemporary Christian music with the sounds of their native roots.

This is ‘Life on Tiree’

The MV Clansman heading back out to sea
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Playing Catch-Up

It is hard to believe that it is almost a week since we returned to our island home. Having spent almost three weeks on holiday in Oxfordshire with family and with a few days visiting Stratford Upon Avon, we stopped overnight in Falkirk on our way home in order to sail on the Tuesday afternoon […]

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August Anniversary

The 22nd of August marks the 7th anniversary of our coming to live on the Isle of Tiree. Today it is Saturday, but seven years ago it was a Thursday, Back then on a Thursday it was possible to come to the island for a day because the ferry sailed from Tiree to Barra before […]

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Go West

It has been a week of windy, wet weather on Tiree. Squally showers have been a frequent occurrence. Thankfully the ferry has managed to berth every day at Tiree, although on two days, Tuesday and Friday, the ferry was unable to berth at the neighbouring island of Coll due to the sea conditions – the […]

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Tiree Maritime Fotos

It’s a special weekend on the island. This weekend is the 10th Tiree Music Festival. It’s well under way at the Festival Site at Crossapol. It’s a busy time. But the activity is not confined to the festival. Crofters, fishermen, and many others are hard at work. Social Media will be populated with photos from […]

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What A Week!

It was a week of wild weather. A week when wind and rain conspired together. A week when ferries and flights were cancelled. It was a week when shop shelves could not be restocked. Some days there was little mail to be delivered. The mail arrives from Glasgow by plane. No plane! No post! It […]

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Monumental Supermoon

January 2018 has had two full moons. It is sufficiently uncommon to make it newsworthy. Certainly this celestial event has caught the attention of the media. The full moon occurring on January 31st 2018 is known as a supermoon. Its orbit brings it closer to earth than at other times. Correspondingly it appears larger and […]

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A Happy Occasion

Weddings are special. They are happy but solemn occasions. You make your plans but you cannot organise the weather. Tiree is often referred to as the Hawaii of the north. Today, however, was a reminder that we don’t always have blue skies. When the ferry arrived the sky was grey and the wind was gusting […]

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Another Milestone

Thursday 22nd August 2013“On the Thursday morning (August 22nd) we sail at 8.15, although we have to be at the terminal at least 45 minutes earlier. The ferry is timetabled to arrive at Tiree at 12 noon. Then begins the task of unloading the van and the process of settling into our new home.” Much […]

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