At the beginning of January we left the island in order to visit Chester and to spend a weekend with family who either live in London or close by. We returned to the Tiree on Thursday 23rd January having travelled up to Oban by train the day before. The 7:15am sailing from Oban to Coll […]Read more "Return to Tiree"
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.Read more "Oban Bound"
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 […]Read more "The Best Laid Plans"
It was our visitors last full day on Tiree. What an incredible day it turned out to be. Both sky and sea were so many different shades of blue. The day had a leisurely start. In the morning we enjoyed a walk to the pier. Then we put our head into the Noust to admire […]Read more "Shades of Blue"
‘Flying Farmers’ visit Tiree. What an amazing sight – 11 aircraft on the apron. And thanks to a tip-off I was there to witness the sight. The Flying Farmers’ Association Ltd. was formed in the United Kingdom in 1974. The Association is open to any farmer, forester or landowner who owns an aircraft or operates […]Read more "Tiree’s Busy Airport"
DANI GARAVELLI wrote in ‘The Scotsman’ ‘If your home is in the Hebrides, CalMac is woven into the fabric of your life and every disruption to its service has a consequence.’ The writer states, ‘When you rely on a service for your quality of life, your feelings are more complex than those of the occasional […]Read more "On A Wild April Day"
It was only the second of February Yet if felt better than many a day in July. There was hardly a breath of wind and it was sunny. The weather forecast for over six hours of sunshine was accurate. First light with its red glow promised clear sight of the sunrise. The glow and the […]Read more "Only the 2nd of February"
An appointment in Glasgow saw me on Monday Morning’s flight. The flight was slightly earlier than the normal timings. And it was a beautiful sunny November morning. It being Monday there were two planes. The tiny ‘Islander’ that serves Oban, Coll and Tiree. And the the larger ‘Twin Otter’ for Glasgow International Airport. Although larger […]Read more "Contrasting Perspectives"
Glancing out of the window a large vessel could be seen on the horizon. Closer inspection revealed this to be a cruise ship. Marine Traffic identified it as ‘Silver Wind ’. The Silver Sea Website claims Silver Wind is a perfect illustration of how complete a small-sized ship can be. With just 296-guests, beautiful suites and […]Read more "A Touch of Silver"
Waiting for my passengers it felt so peaceful. I was standing outside the Church of Scotland Manse. It was one of these mornings when it all felt so very still. Not even the plane overhead disturbed that stillness. It was the tiny Islander plane from Oban via Coll. Strangely it appeared to amplify the peace. […]Read more "So Peaceful"