‘Flying Farmers’ visit Tiree. What an amazing sight – 11 aircraft on the apron. And thanks to a tip-off I was there to witness the sight. The Flying Farmers’ Association Ltd. was formed in the United Kingdom in 1974. The Association is open to any farmer, forester or landowner who owns an aircraft or operates […]Read more "Tiree’s Busy Airport"
The visit to the Mainland was at short notice. There had been no strategic planning. On Monday it had been out by Ferry. On Thursday it was inbound by plane. The decision to return by plane was down to the weather forecast. The forecast was for the wind to rise significantly on Thursday. In such […]Read more "Inbound To Tiree"
An appointment in Glasgow saw me on Monday Morning’s flight. The flight was slightly earlier than the normal timings. And it was a beautiful sunny November morning. It being Monday there were two planes. The tiny ‘Islander’ that serves Oban, Coll and Tiree. And the the larger ‘Twin Otter’ for Glasgow International Airport. Although larger […]Read more "Contrasting Perspectives"
On Friday the MV Clansman was alongside the pier. Her ropes were secured but her ramp was not yet lowered. At this point the morning flight from Glasgow appeared overhead. It was a reminder that both ferry and plane are a vital lifeline to the Mainland. Television in all its forms provides a window on […]Read more "A Lifeline!"
On Saturday we returned to the Isle of Tiree by Ferry. It was a wise decision to travel by ferry rather than by plane. Those who had planned to travel by plane were stranded in Glasgow. Due to poor visibility both flights were cancelled after long waits at the airport. On Sunday the sun shone! […]Read more "Stranded"
Visiting Tiree can be a most relaxing experience. There is none of the hustle and bustle of the big city. The air is cleaner and the noise level is considerably less. Our single track roads prove less stressful than mainland motorways. Yet living on Tiree does not mean that you are under employed. Sometimes there […]Read more "Highlights"
A flying visit is a most apt description. No sooner back on the island and I have to fly off. I have to keep a long standing appointment in Glasgow. This morning was proof that daylight hours are getting longer. With the curtains drawn back we were treated to a great sunrise. The wind was […]Read more "A Flying Visit"
As the Algerian barber said in Peckham London, “East – West – Home’s best.” It sure felt like that as we touched down at Tiree Airport to be warmly greeted by caring friends. The day began for us at 5:00am. Our first train of the day was at 6:04am from Peckham Rye Station. Our second train […]Read more "Moon Landing"
Out by ferry and return by plane. Once again we were encouraged by the kindness of family and friends. On the outward journey the ferry was running approximately two hours late, yet thanks to the kindness of friends we arrived at our onward destination approximately two hours earlier than expected. Thanks to the kindness of […]Read more "Return Post"
Partly because we do not have planes landing every two minutes at Tiree airport and partly because any transatlantic flights are generally flying about 35,000 feet, we are unused to regular aircraft noise. First of all we heard the sound of a rotor blade, then the helicopter came into view as it swooped towards the […]Read more "When Time is Money"