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 […]Read more "Tiree A Riot of Colour"
On a beautiful May morning we find ourselves seated round the kitchen table of Sunbeam Cottage enjoying a welcome coffee and delicious scones with hosts Colin and Susan Woodcock. From their window we look out across the single track road to their gallery and just beyond is the sea sparkling under a clear blue sky. […]Read more "Hebridean Inspiration"
Perhaps, one of the unspoken concerns regarding our move to Tiree was ,“What will you find to do on an island 11 miles long and only 5 miles wide at its widest point (often only one mile wide) and four hours away by boat from the Mainland?” Have no fear for our sanity, there is […]Read more "Living On The Edge"
Gone for the time being are the winter storms. Here today are big blue skies. The warmth of the sun is reflected in the appearance of butterflies, bees and bird song. As we set out for our constitutional (walk) we take the camera just in case! Although Tiree is relatively flat, we look east towards the mountains on […]Read more "Big Blue Skies"
On Tiree we are often made aware of the power of the sea. The erosion of the dunes at Crossapol last Winter has exposed the buried remains of WWll buildings. What was buried almost 70 years ago has this year again seen the light of day. It’s the power of the sea which has done […]Read more "Don’t get sucked into this !"
Happy Easter from Life on Tiree to all on our beautiful island and to all our visitors, whether in person or online.Read more "Sonrise! Happy Easter."
When the lights went out over the Highlands and Islands of Scotland we had power on the Isle of Tiree. A serious power outage affected large parts of Scotland from Fort William to the Orkneys, Skye and the Outer Isles and at its worst over 205,000 homes were without electricity. Train services to and from Inverness […]Read more "No News is Good News!"
This is the Inner Hebrides at their best. The weather today on Tiree is glorious – bright and sunny with just a few fleeting clouds. Having previously climbed Ben Hynish and its smaller neighbour Beinn Ceann a’ Mahara, we set out to climb Beinn Hough this morning. Parking next to one of the crofts, we […]Read more "Climb Every Mountain"
Tiree Machair, the largest area of Machair outside the Outer Hebrides, is noteworthy as one of the few examples of rabbit-free machair in Scotland. Machair is one of the rarest habitats in Europe, found only in the north and west of Britain and Ireland. Almost half of the Scottish machair occurs in the Outer Hebrides, […]Read more "Where Hares Abound Bunnies Are Banned!"
With the commencement of the Ferry Summer Timetable and the lengthening of daylight hours, it is beginning to feel more and more that Spring has sprung on the Island. The air feels that little bit warmer and the fields at long last are drying out; the north wind having done its job. Gone is our […]Read more "Spring has Sprung with Yummy Cakes and Coffee"