Tiree: The Big View

It was not the most promising of mornings, but by noon the sky was transformed. The bright blue sky afforded big views across the Passage of Tiree towards the Treshnish Isles and Mull and to the south to the Paps of Jura.  Looking out of our sitting room window we can still see the Paps of […]

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Tropical Tiree

From Sunrise to Sunset and beyond.  It has been a day when you sense that adjectives are inadequate to described what you have experienced. The sun that had painted the sky the evening before returned to paint the morning sky with breath-taking hues. The sun that had kissed the ‘Mighty Clansman’ goodnight welcomed the return of […]

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Tiree: Mystery Solved

Is it just being plain nosey or is it an enquiring mind? Just why was the MV Uskmoor moored at the pier in Gott Bay? Was it to do some further work on this prominent structure? Apparently not! With the wind dropped, the vessel with barge in tow moved out of the bay and round the […]

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Tiree: Even More Important

Although considered remote by many, Tiree’s residents will have the opportunity to vote in Thursday’s referendum. Like most places in Scotland the vote is split between the “Yes” and the “No”. When the poll closes the ballot boxes will be flown off the island enabling the result to be declared the following day. The significance of […]

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Tiree: What a Welcome!

What a welcome! Leaving London Euston at 11.50pm on the Caledonian Sleeper we arrive at Glasgow Central Station at 7.20am. After a breakfast of porridge followed by bacon roll, we take the coach to Oban. The Clansman leaves on time at 2.45pm and we arrive in Tiree just after 6.30pm. Later crossing the Reef we witness […]

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Tiree: What A Contrast!

Seven days ago the ferry left Oban for Coll and Tiree but was forced to turn back because of the adverse weather.  Outside ‘An Talla’ the wind was howling and the rain torrential making it difficult to get from the car to the front of the door of the hall. Roll on seven days and what […]

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A Summer’s Winter Evening

A dreich afternoon has continued into a wet summer’s evening that feels more like winter. The wind may only sound like a breeze, but outside it is damp and feels dark, even if is still daylight hours. As I look out, I am reminded of what we called ‘our water feature’ that lay in the […]

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Tiree: Waiting For A Call

Catchphrase Tiree Style – As you look at the photograph ‘Just say what you see!’ It was taken in front of the Church Building, at the crossroad, Heylipol and the suggested caption was ‘Waiting For A Call’. The modern call box at the Pier in Scarinish has gone, however there are still a number of […]

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Wakening to Bright Sunshine

Wakening to bright sunshine, we have breakfast earlier than might be normal for a Sunday morning. Our guests who have travelled all the way from Wiveliscombe in Somerset, where we used to live, are staying with us for the week. Together we set out for An Talla, the Community Hall at Crossapol. On the way […]

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Tiree A Riot of Colour

Since our arrival on the island (towards the end of the summer of 2013), we have been waiting eagerly for the Machair to burst into bloom. It is safe to say we are not disaapointed. Tiree is a riot of colour. The word ‘machair’ is Gaelic, meaning an extensive, low-lying fertile plain and itis one […]

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