Today’s walk was around the crofting township of Scarinish. It’s a walk that we do most days, weather permitting and takes in the pier, old harbour and lighthouse. Having made our tour of the pier we headed across the machair towards the old harbour. The setting sun was reflected in the sky all around. Even the […]Read more "Tiree’s Burning Bush"
November provides an opportunity to look back and reflect on the summer that has just gone. Here on Tiree, along with the rest of the country, summer was late in arriving. Whether it was in the garden or on the machair flowers were a month to six weeks behind. On the island it has felt that summer began […]Read more "The Going Down of the Sun"
Published by “Where The Corncrake Cries” Back in November, when I was returning to Tiree from the mainland, on the CalMac ferry I picked up a book written by various Scottish writers. They were describing their homes, whether past or present, and one author in particular described her kitchen sinks. This is our sixth kitchen […]Read more "My Kitchen Sink"
Last winter, our first on Tiree, was said to be one of the wettest in living memory. Although we had been told that water never lay for long on the island, there seemed to be water everywhere – and not just in the sea that surrounds. This winter started out so different, with many glorious […]Read more "Water! Water! Everywhere!"
Thankfully, when the ‘additional’ ferry arrived in Gott Bay today, the weather had begun to quieten. Although the wind was still blowing and there was a moderate swell, the MV Clansman managed to berth safely. In the afternoon the sun broke through and there was clear evidence that the hours of daylight are slowly stretching. […]Read more "Quietly Reflecting"
Gone for the time being are the winter storms. Here today are big blue skies. The warmth of the sun is reflected in the appearance of butterflies, bees and bird song. As we set out for our constitutional (walk) we take the camera just in case! Although Tiree is relatively flat, we look east towards the mountains on […]Read more "Big Blue Skies"
This is the Inner Hebrides at their best. The weather today on Tiree is glorious – bright and sunny with just a few fleeting clouds. Having previously climbed Ben Hynish and its smaller neighbour Beinn Ceann a’ Mahara, we set out to climb Beinn Hough this morning. Parking next to one of the crofts, we […]Read more "Climb Every Mountain"
The Isle of Tiree is the focus of the third episode of a new eight part television series called Eileanan Fraoich to be shown on BBC Alba on Tuesday evenings, 8:30pm-9:30pm. Beginning on Tuesday the 8th April, the programme is presented by the cook and artist Heather Dewar. A proud Hebridean, Heather leaves the familiarity of […]Read more "Eileanan Fraoich"
Mairi Hedderwick in her illustrated journey ‘An Eye on the Hebrides’ writes, “Tiree is a living architectural museum of croft houses, unique to the Hebrides. It s not just because of the flatness that they are so arresting.” She observes, “Tiree houses can be divided into four categories: thatched, black felters, pudding and plain.” Writing […]Read more "Tiree’s Architectural Treasures"
Unlike most of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, houses on the Isle of Tiree are a distinct feature of the landscape, The island is mainly low lying with few trees, so there are no glens or forests to give cover, therefore you are more conscious of the houses. Additionally, the island has numerous crofting townships […]Read more "East and West The House That’s Best"