‘Changed Days’ or perhaps it should be ‘Contrasting Days for gone are the long dark winter evenings and instead we are enjoying the hours of daylight. Some evenings there appears to have been light in the sky almost to midnight and it starts getting light before 4:00am Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in terms of weather, […]Read more "Changed Days"
There is a saying, ‘Out with the old and in with the new’ and that’s how it was yesterday on Tiree. Although we would have appreciated witnessing the afternoon and evening’s action firsthand, we had to look on from afar. Photographs were posted on social media, but what we valued most was the kindness and […]Read more "In With The New"
From first light this morning it was all go at the pier in Gott Bay, Isle of Tiree. Opening our front door around 7:00am the sound of the crane barge could be heard. Were they about to replace the linkspan? It was time to investigate. Double click in galleries for larger photographs At this point […]Read more "It’s All Go!"
Tiree is still open for business. The linkspan may be closed for replacement, but in every other way Tiree is open for business. The twice daily plane service from/to Glasgow is still operating, the internet is still working, the ferry is still sailing (albeit for foot passengers only), the crofters are still hard at work […]Read more "Open For Business"
25 February, 2020 Sale of store cattle of all classes Tiree Rural Centre, Crossapol, Tiree Throughout the day dramatic dark skies alternated with blue sky and soft white clouds. The Sale had originally been scheduled for Saturday the 15th of February but it had to be delayed until today because of ferry cancellations. There are […]Read more "It’s Sale Day"
With a sense of relief, at long last we appear to have a respite from the relentless gales that have battered the West Coast of Scotland including the Isle of Tiree. Yesterday, Sunday, lived up to its name – a sunny day. In fact by the evening it felt rather odd as there was no […]Read more "Relief"
Proverbial. Perhaps the word ‘proverbial’, whether used as an adjective or noun, best sums up the action at the pier today. For starters there is the saying that you wait ages for a bus (in this instance a ferry) and then two come along one after the other. Then there is the saying, ‘ships that […]Read more "Behind Every Cloud"
Tiree is one of the coastal weather stations which features in the now famous shipping forecast. However this afternoon it is the Shipping Forecast for Tiree. She is on her way! No! Not the latest named storm. The MV Clansman is presently departing the Clyde. Earlier today she underwent sea trials and is now Oban […]Read more "Shipping Forecast"
It is Monday, 30th December and – unusually for the winter – we have two sailings from Oban to Coll and Tiree. Due to previous weather disruptions, an amended timetable operated today. In the winter there is no sailing on a Friday and due to the strength of the wind and sea conditions both Saturday […]Read more "The Hours of Darkness"
It is not by any accident that the MV Clansman is known as ‘The Mighty One’ and today, Wednesday 19th December 2019, under Skipper Lewis MacKenzie she was ‘the Mighty Conqueror’. Under the winter timetable, when vessels take their turn to go for their annual overhaul, there are only 5 crossings a week to the […]Read more "The Mighty Conqueror"