“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 […]Read more "Island Life"
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 […]Read more "May Day Celebrations"
It is a beautiful but breezy Friday. This morning the MV Clansman cut a striking image. Due to the prevailing conditions she departed slightly early. On Friday mornings the ferry arrives at the Isle of Tiree at 9:35. How this past week has flown by. Today has the appearance of a catch-up day. It is […]Read more "Playing Catch-Up"
It’s a Wednesday, the day of the Barra sailing. In the Summer Timetable the ferry sails from Oban to Coll and Tiree. Then it heads through the Gunna Sound and out into the Little Minch. Its next port of call is Castlebay on the Island of Barra almost three hours away. There is a sense […]Read more "Return to Normality"
Today the weekly Summer Sailing from Tiree to Barra and back commenced. This was one weekly later than originally advertised. And this was due to vessel redeployment issues. The MV Clansman is still in dry dock! Until further notice this service is being operated by the MV Lord of the Isles. In the past she […]Read more "Barra and Back"
CalMac provide a summer only service to the island of Barra from the Isle of Tiree. It makes the once a week crossing – there and back – on a Wednesday. For the past two weeks this sailing has been cancelled. The reason given was the wind and the waves. This was the Penultimate Passage […]Read more "Barra Bound"
“There’s many a slip between the cup and the lip.” In other words, “Will the ‘PS Waverley’ sail as advertised from Tiree?” After last year’s cruise into the Gunna Sound the decision had been made. If possible we would like to sail from Tiree to Oban on board the Waverley. (double-click for larger pictures, mouse-over […]Read more "Full Steam Ahead"
It was Wednesday afternoon. We might have missed it – but we didn’t. We were all together in our living-room. The cry went up, “Look! Look out the window!” The vessel seemed so close. As a result it appeared rather large. It was the Northern Lighthouse vessel ‘Pharos’. We had an appointment at Heylipol. As […]Read more "Ships and Boats"
We enjoy having visitors. We enjoy showing them around the island. There are simply so many natural attractions.. In fact it is hard to squeeze everything into one week. Our last visitors climbed the giddy heights of Ben Hynish. We managed to cross over to the island of Soa. We watched the Clansman in Gunna […]Read more "When Visitors Come"
Gunna Sound Do you mean the Ceiledh Band? Or do you mean a stretch of water? It is actually a particular stretch of water. But it is worth mentioning the well known Ceilidh Band After all the Isle of Tiree is justly proud of its musical tradition. What a range this tradition includes: At the […]Read more "Gunna Sound"