Home is Best

Life on Tiree occasionally demands visiting the Mainland. Although we have an excellent Medical Practice there is no hospital or out-patient department.  Thus, the first of December saw us visiting Oban for an out-patient appointment.  Since the covid restrictions came into place the dentist has not been to the island and so we we were grateful to be given an emergency appointment with the dentist in Oban. 

Oban celebrates St Andrew’s Day

Our appointments were on a Thursday and with no ferry on a Wednesday in the Winter we had to leave Tiree on the Tuesday. On the day of our appointment we woke up to falling snow. At sea level the snow did not lie but the higher you went in the town the more it lay. Both doctor and dentist apologised for running late due to the problems getting into work. With no ferry on a Friday to Tiree our visit to Oban was like a mini-break. We were not complaining as our extended stay enabled us to do some mainland shopping and to fit in a much needed visit to the hairdresser. 

The MV Clansman with a snowy backdrop

In our absence Tiree experienced wild weather on the Friday with winds gusting around the 60mph mark. Thankfully by Saturday the wind had dropped and we had a smooth crossing.  With the ferry departing at 7:15am, it was an early rise for us. It felt even earlier due to the fact that we left under the cover of darkness. Sunrise was considerably later when we were well up the Sound of Mull. When we passed Ardamurchan lighthouse the light was clearly visible..

Sunrise over the Sound of Mull

At this time of the year the ferry can almost feel like an extension of island life. Not only are the crew so friendly, you are travelling mainly with other island residents. We were impressed by the service, especially taking into account the various precautions to help make the ferry a covid safe environment.

Home Safe and Sound

Since our arrival home the weather has been settled. Saturday was pleasant. Sunday was a delight with a colourful sunrise, blue skies, and an attractive sunset. And Monday began with striking a sunrise. It is crisp and calm.

Saturday’s Sundown at Scarinish Harbour
Sunday’s Sundown at Scarinish Harbour

A walk at sundown on Sunday was so uplifting as we took advantage of the settled weather. Blue skies gave way to reds, oranges and blues. There is no doubt! Much as it is good to go away it is even better to return home. Yes! Home is best.

The Paps of Jura from Scainish Harbour
Ben More and the Dutchman’s Cap

Today, Monday we left our home when it was still dark in order to do the weekly shop. We were slightly later the normal arriving at the CO-OP at 8:00am.  While Mrs ‘Life on-Tiree’ did the shopping I went to post a letter and walked back to the shop via the harbour at Scarinish.

Leaving home at first light

It was one of these mornings
you could not stop yourself wanting to admire the rising sun.
Enjoy!

Down by the harbour at first light
The Paps of Jura from the harbour
Ben More from the harbour at just before sunup

It was only when we returned home
that the sun rose above the horizon around 8:45am. 

Ben More from Pier Road at Sunrise
Seconds to go until Sunrise

This is Life on Tiree

Sunrise from the Scarinish Headland

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A Wintry Crossing

The weather forecast for the Isle of Tiree was for hail showers while the forecast for the Mainland town of Oban was for wintry showers. We made the short distance from our home to the pier office in the dry, however as we waited for the ferry to berth the clouds broke. Those who work […]

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Storm Brendon Missed

Storm Brendon, the second named storm of the season, did not miss the Isle of Tiree, but we missed Storm Brendon. Although we were away from the action, thanks to modern media we were aware of the threat that the storm posed. Our departure for the Mainland over a week ago had to be brought […]

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A Weather Window

In the prevailing stormy conditions, Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th of January proved to be a weather window for those seeking to travel between Tiree and the Mainland. Due to the weather and related sea conditions Thursday’s ferry had been cancelled. Although a flight had come out to the island from Glasgow Airport […]

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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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Return to Sunshine

It is good to go but great to return. The purpose of our going was to attend the Baptist Union of Scotland’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations and Assembly at Motherwell Civic Centre. However, like most islanders you want to make the most of your time on the mainland. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in a suite […]

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Home Again

‘Life on Tiree’ has been silent for just over a week. You might have been wondering what has happened. The answer is there have been no posts because we have been off island. For part of the time we had been visiting family. Our journey home began in Chester from where we travelled by train to […]

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Oban Bound

With a family member coming to visit our island home we took the opportunity to meet him in Oban. The following is an account of our crossing and arrival told with the help of Adobe Spark Page. Click on the photograph below to read the story told with the help of photographs.

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The Best Laid Plans

It was Robert Burns in his poem ‘To a mouse’ who penned the oft quoted words, ‘The best-laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men Gang aft agley.’ I had in mind to convey something of how busy the island has been in the last seven days. Sadly, in all the busyness of getting ready for a […]

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Absence Makes . . .

You may have noticed that ‘Life-on-Tiree’ has been strangely silent. It is not that we have abandoned the island or the blog. It is simply that we have been absent. Absence means in most instances no posts. The prolonged silence was down to several factors. We were busy the week before leaving for the Mainland. […]

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