A Hebridean Princess

Under the 2016 Summer Timetable the MV Clansman is the dedicated vessel serving the island communities of Coll and Tiree providing a vital link with the Mainland through the port of Oban.  The MV Hebrides normally serves North Uist and Harris linking both islands with the port of Uig on Skye and the Mainland via […]

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Home Coming 2016

A’Bhuain (literally ‘Harvest’) is the name given to Tiree’s ‘Home Coming’ Celebration. In 2006 about 70 ‘Homecomers’ from around the world came to the island and shared with family and friends in various events and celebrations. Ten years later, in May of this year, Tiree will be hosting A’Bhuain 2016.   No matter how joyous […]

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The Still After The Storm

The storm which struck Tiree on Friday afternoon and evening resulting in the evacuation of the campers at Tiree Music Festival will be part of the folklore soon. Saturday and Sunday however were characterised by sunshine. Both evenings afforded wonderful views of the surrounding islands. Away from the crowds and bands at Crossapol, we took […]

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After The Eclipse

The morning began so unpromising with grey, overcast skies and with little hope of witnessing the eclipse other than on television. (See Tiree’s Solar Eclipse.) Then just at the right time and at the right area of the sky, the clouds parted sufficiently to afford a spectacular view of the eclipse. Not only were we […]

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My Kitchen Sink

Published by “Where The Corncrake Cries” Back in November, when I was returning to Tiree from the mainland, on the CalMac ferry I picked up a book written by various Scottish writers. They were describing their homes, whether past or present, and one author in particular described her kitchen sinks. This is our sixth kitchen […]

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Tiree: On Our Way Home

Early tomorrow morning we board the MV Clansman and sail from Oban to Tiree. The crossing takes us up the Sound of Mull, passing Tobermory on the way. We enter the Passage of Tiree and call into Coll before arriving at Tiree. Departure is set for 7:15am with estimated time of arrival of 11:05am, with a reasonable forecast. A foretaste the evening before departure …

The Clansman with ropes cast


Clansman departing


Clansman departing the CalMac Pier


Isle of Mull arriving in Oban Bay


Isle of Mull arriving in Oban Bay


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Family Life

Saturday’s soaking was followed by a dreich start to Sunday. However, by about four the day began to brighten and by five things were looking up and it is proving to be a bright sunny evening. On a drive across by Moss (here on Tiree) we unexpectedly came across this wonderful example of family life. […]

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Spring is in the air….

A walk across the machair and the rocks just above the shoreline revealed evidence of the fast advancing season. The ever-present daisy, celandine and thrift, which was not in flower a week ago, now carpets the crevices of the rocks. The Gaelic name for Thrift is Neoinean Cladaich which means ‘Shore Daisy’. This info was […]

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Watching for the Postman

 When I was barely 14, I worked almost every Saturday, and most school holidays, delivering the mail. In those days the postmen and women were paid on a Friday and invariably one or another was not well enough to come to work the next day. Perhaps it is a sense of affinity with postal workers […]

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