He Hit The Mark

Yes! Seán Batty hit the mark. On Friday evening following the late evening Scottish news Seán forecast that Tiree would be the warmest place in Scotland. What a stark contrast with the storms of last weekend. Today, the sun shone from dawn to dusk and the sea was calm.

The sun rising over the Scarinish headland

We have recently fitted new curtains. They are very effective thermal blackout curtains. The only problem is they shut out the light. There is no advance warning of sunrise. So it was a dash out into the garden to admire the sunrise.

The Memorial adjacent to Pier Road.

It is Saturday the 7th of November and in normal circumstances at 3:00pm there would have been an Act of Remembrance at the Memorial situated just off Pier Road. But this is not a normal year and yet another community landmark has been missed.

The sun rising on the approach to the memorial

In many ways I want the photographs to testify themselves to the amazing November day that we have enjoyed on the Isle of Tiree. The sun was just coming up and yet I had no coat or jacket on when I went to the memorial just after sunrise. Well done Seán Batty!

The Dutchman’s Cap, Ben More and the mountain peaks of Mull
Looking across the Passage of Tiree
The moon was with us most of the morning

Later in the morning, probably just before 9:00am, we had a walk around Scarinish taking in the pier and the old Harbour. The winter sun is low in the sky and our shadows were long and the reflections were so bright.

Reflections at Scarinsh Old Harbour
Few craft remain in the harbour
Reflections mean two for the price of one

With such a beautiful day I went down to the pier at 11:00am to watch the ‘MV Clansman’ berth. Having watched the traffic roll off I then made my way back up to a vantage point above the old harbour.

The MV Clansman from above the harbour
Harbour View
The MV Clansman above the roof tops
Lighthouse View

This year we have hardly ventured beyond Scarinish, but this afternoon we decided to head out west. Our first stop was at West Hynish where we looked out to Skerryvore Lighthouse, about 12 miles off shore.

Skerryvore

The next stop was at Balephuil to watch the Atlantic roll in relentlessly. It appeared to be sending up a mist.

Balephuil Bay
Loch a’ Phuill and Ben Hough

The next stop was to admire the view across Balemartine and the Passage of Tiree towards Ben More on the Isle of Mull.

Across to Ben More on Mull

This past week flocks of birds numbering in the thosands have been seen in the sky above Tiree.

Island House

At Island House we drove across the Moor Road towards Cornaig and onto Balephetrish. By this time the sun was begining to drop in the sky as sunset approached.

Clouds mask the golden globe
The Isle of Rum from Balephetrish
The Isle of Rum brought closer

We then crossed back over the island to Crossapol and on to Baugh. The view in the rear view mirror was inspirational. Then it was home for a welome cup of coffee.

Looking across Hynish Bay towards Ben Hynish

The weather forecast for tomorrow, Sunday, is not for a repeat performace. The clouds that were building up to the west were an indication that we could believe the weather forecasters – at least on this occasion.

This is ‘Life on Tiree’

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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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Decidedly December

Originally the forecast had been for sunshine. However the day turned out to be quite different. There was sunshine but dark clouds were never far away. Consequently chilly short sharp showers often hit the island. At first-light the Moon and Venus were visible to the south. The moon phase at present is Waning Crescent. Thankfully […]

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A Thank You Box

It’s December 26th. Through the ages it has been  given various names. In some countries and cultures it is the 2nd Day of Christmas. From early on it was named after the first Christians martyr Saint Stephen. Nowadays the 26th of December is often referred to as Boxing Day. According to the Oxford English Dictionary the […]

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A Winter’s Tale

A Winter’s Tale of a beautiful winter’s day on the Isle of Tiree. Wintry weather came late to the island this year. Even today it has been so mild and still. No wind blowing round the house or lifting the slates. No hail playing a tune on the windows or roof. No wild waves or […]

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As Darkness Descends

The descending darkness was a harbinger of a change in the weather. Thick dark clouds prevented any real colourful sunset. An hour earlier it was still the sunny isle. The ferry left in blue skies. The decision was made to visit Balephuil beach. In a vain attempt to capture the sunset. (The chauffeur’s favoured beach) From […]

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The Wild West

It has been a day of dramatic contrasts. Joys and sorrows reflected in the weather. Sunshine and black skies. Calmness drowned out by high winds and squalls of driving hail. It was a great privilege this afternoon to be involved in Tiree High School’s (Àrd-Sgoil Thiriodh) Carol Service held in Heylipol Church of Scotland. Family members and […]

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Fàilte Do Thiriodh

Fàilte Do Thiriodh – Welcome to Tiree.  Life on Tiree welcomes the two weekday return flights to the island which commenced with the start of the summer timetable and is meant to continue under the new contract. Another welcome sight are the two new twin otter planes which have only just come into service. Tiree […]

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Enlivened and Invigorated

Life on Tiree is not all cloudless blue skies. The old year went out with a moderately strong wind. The start to 2015 was wet and windy with leaden skies. Thankfully it dried up after lunch in time for us to head over to West Hynish and Balephuil Beach. It was encouraging to see folks […]

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