Impressive Seamanship

The south easterly wind had steadily risen over night and by the time Tuesday’s ferry was due the wind was gusting up to 41mph. These are challenging conditions for any ferry wanting to berth at Tiree. Real skill is required. High tide had not long past but at least it was a falling tide. The […]

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Island Life

“It’s just island life.” Sometimes the phrase is a reference to the weather. Sometimes it relates to Tiree’s transport links to the Mainland. And sometimes it is a combination of both. It is November and while parts of the UK have experienced devastating floods, here on Tiree we have enjoyed some truly sunny days. However […]

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Of Humble Origins

As we were walking over the Machair we saw her in the distance. Progressing south in the ‘Passage of Tiree’ was a ship. She appeared to be making her way towards Gott Bay. As she drew closer it was easier to identify her. The vessel was the ‘Hebridean Princess’. The operators of the ‘Hebridean Princess’ […]

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Pier Works

There is no tunnel or bridge linking Tiree to either Coll, Mull or the Mainland. Therefore both the plane and the ferry are vital to life on Tiree. They are the only public transport links and they are crucial. In common with many ports Tiree’s pier has what is known as a link-span. At Tiree […]

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May Day Celebrations

What a great day May the 1st turned out to be. The whole day was one big celebration There was surprise and sunshine. A mid-morning telephone call gave an alert. The ‘Flying Farmers’ were about to descend on Tiree. This resulted on 11 planes parked on the apron at once. (See the previous post relating […]

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SAILING HOME

‘Sailing home’. Perhaps it ought to be ‘Rail-Sail’. Our journey to Tiree included both train and ferry. A joy shared with a fellow enthusiast also homeward bound by ferry. ‘I love it when a plan comes together.’ Stop! ‘There is many a slip between cup and lip’. However In the end it all worked out […]

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Wild Weather Warning

On the Mainland the talk is of weather related travel disruption. For the past three weekends Tiree has experienced such disruption. On the first two Saturdays the ferry from Oban to Coll and Tiree was cancelled. This past Saturday the ferry made the crossing but Sunday’s sailing was cancelled. Sunday turned out to be a […]

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