Hauntingly Beautiful

We woke up to an island shrouded in mist. On a Friday the ferry departs Oban an hour earlier at 6:15am. It then sails directly to Tiree with an arrival time of 9:35am. From our home we could distinctly hear the haunting sound of her horn. On board her was the Team Leader of the […]

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Go Forth

On Thursday the 8th of September, Elspeth Jane MacLean left her charge, as minister of the Church of Scotland on Tiree, and set out for the South Lanarkshire village of Forth. For five years Elspeth has lived and sought to serve God on the island. Ordained and inducted in Kirkapol Church on 14th July 2011, she […]

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Stepping Out on Tiree

Before the wee blow arrived on Saturday afternoon and continued through the night into Sunday the Step Out Team flew out. (In galleries mouse-over captions and double-click for larger photographs) They spent a week on the island working with members of the Baptist Church in holding a Holiday Bible Club at their premises in Baugh. Each morning […]

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Invited out for dinner we were relaxing in the sun lounge. Glancing out of the window the glow is magnetic. Who could fail to be drawn by the sunset? Electric poles and wires  are everywhere. It is hard to avoid capturing them. The sunset is electrifying. No sooner indoors than the mobile gives a ping. […]

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Calm After The Storm

It is hard to believe that just 24 hours ago Tiree was being assaulted by winds gusting up to 75mph.  For hour after hour (6-8 hours) the wind kept hammering the island with gusts over 60mph. The gable end flashing, holding the roof tiles of our home, suffered minor damage, but thankfully a temporary repair has been […]

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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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“Chust Sublime!”

 When a friend shared some photographs with the caption ‘Chust Sublime!’ I was reminded of a previous post. The expression was made famous by the legendary, but fictional, skipper of the ‘Vital Spark’ Para Handy.  How apt “Chust Sublime” is for the day we have enjoyed today. At breakfast we marvelled at our view of the […]

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Service with a Smile

Chocolates and Charms is a like a Tiree Tardis full of delights and none more so than in the run up to Christmas. The hard work put in by shop owner Becky Wright is obvious. Take the careful way in which the Chocolates and Charms are displayed. Then there is the free Chocolate Fountain. Take […]

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Look at that sky!

Sitting with friends enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee at Heylipol, after a relaxed meal at the Cobbled Cow Carvery, and glancing out the window the words just tumbled out, “Look at that sky!” Cameras, iPhones and iPads in hand we rushed out into the garden to try and capture the sunset. It has come […]

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Tiree: Late Night Shopping

There was a real sense of anticipation as we headed out on our late night shopping trip. Not for us Oxford Street or Regent Street, Bluewater or Bullring Shopping Centres; instead Tiree’s very own Chocolates and Charms. On the island there may not be many shops open at this time of the year, the main […]

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