I find sunrises and sunsets fascinating. While I am less tempted to rise around 4:00am to watch the sun rise over the Isle of Mull, I find it hard to resist the draw of even the hint of a colourful sunset. Such is the draw that even although confronted with the challenge, “Haven’t you enough […]Read more "Fascinating"
There is no tunnel or bridge linking Tiree to either Coll, Mull or the Mainland. Therefore both the plane and the ferry are vital to life on Tiree. They are the only public transport links and they are crucial. In common with many ports Tiree’s pier has what is known as a link-span. At Tiree […]Read more "Pier Works"
In Scarinish we live close to the pier. We have a long standing love of ferries. (There are no trains or engines on the island!) So it is natural that we should be drawn to the pier. But it is not just the ferries, it is a place where people meet. The ferry and the […]Read more "The Pier 2018"
Tuesday 27th November Due to forecast SE winds gusting in excess of 50 knots with associated sea and swell conditions, today’s Oban /Coll/ Tiree ferry service is cancelled. Wakening up this morning we we were conscious that the wind had risen. It was coming from the South East and we certainly knew it. There was […]Read more "“CANCELLED!”"
It’s the first day of September. And what a start it is to the month. The air is still and the sea is flat calm. The view across the Passage of Tiree is clear. Tweet-Five miles across the millpond is the Isle of Mull. Half way across is the distinctive shape of Bac Mòr – […]Read more "Calm as a Millpond"
Do you ever find occasions when words just fail you? This evening words seemed inadequate to describe the sunset. Awe, amazement, breathtaking, wonder, pleasure, delight, wow. It had been a warm, sunny day. It felt like summer had returned for at least one day. As evening wore on clouds began to drift in masking the […]Read more "When Words Fail"
With the wind forecast to gust up to 51mph the decision was made to operate to a revised timetable with the Coll/Tiree sailing departing Oban at 8:45am instead of 7:15am. Throughout the morning the wind had been steadily rising. The wind peaked between 10:00am and 11:00am At that point the gusts were 52mph. The ferry […]Read more "Nae Problem!"
It is is Sunday. It is late afternoon. It is damp and grey. And darkness is rapidly descending. Two vehicles are parked outside the CalMac office. A vessel is lying at anchor in the bay just off the pier. Is there any connection between the vehicles and the vessel? One of the vehicles has connection […]Read more "Conspiracy?"
It’s been a stormy day throughout much of Scotland. On the West Coast many ferry sailings have been cancelled. Tiree has not escaped the strong winds and powerful waves. The Sunday Sailing from and to Oban suffered as a consequence. Daylight hours have been characterised by driving rain showers. At times our west facing window […]Read more "A Stormy Pier View"
Today’s walk was around the crofting township of Scarinish. It’s a walk that we do most days, weather permitting and takes in the pier, old harbour and lighthouse. Having made our tour of the pier we headed across the machair towards the old harbour. The setting sun was reflected in the sky all around. Even the […]Read more "Tiree’s Burning Bush"