With friends leaving the island on the Thursday ferry, and no boat since Sunday, a visit to the pier was a must. As the vessel came into sight, to our surprise the outline was that of the ‘Clansman’ and not that of the ‘Lord of the Isles’ – the latter being the ferry normally rostered […]Read more "Hail The Clansman"
In the summer months those making their way to Tiree have the benefit of an afternoon crossing – 14:45 rather than 8:15 or even 5:45! The Tuesday evening ferry is timetabled to arrive at 18:35 but was about 15 minutes late, no doubt due to the volume of traffic. The pier felt busy and not […]Read more "Gott Bay a Busy Bay"
It’s hard to gauge the time when the sun rises at 4:40 and sets at 22:12. What makes it even more difficult is that it remains light long after the sun has set. So it feels perfectly normal to go for a walk, when in the winter you might be considering bed. In the winter […]Read more "Where Time is hard to tell."
The garden called Tiree begins at the Pier, Scarinish, and extends throughout the island. Those arriving at Tiree by car perhaps cover more miles but in fact often see less than those arriving as foot passengers. The garden doesn’t just begin at the Pier it begins on the Pier (strictly speaking the approach to the pier). Those […]Read more "Tiree’s Pier View"
I was originally timetabled to leave Oban on Thursday morning at 7.15am, with an arrival at Scarinish, Isle of Tiree for 11:15am. With adverse weather forecast, it was decided that I would not leave Oban until 1.00pm. At the time the decision was made it was thought I would visit the Island of Coll, but […]Read more "Tiree and Loti’s Tale"
You would imagine that the residents in ‘Pier View’ would have a clear view of the pier. In fact, few have any view of it. Both Glebe House and the Manse have a good view of it and even friends in Heylipol can see the MV Clansman at the pier. However the best view of […]Read more "Pier View"
It is hard to imagine that about 18 hours ago I was standing on the Pier capturing ‘the after glow‘. Today it would have been foolhardy to venture there. The wind was gusting to 64mph, the waves were lashing the pier from a south easterly direction and the swell was impressive as rolled the length […]Read more "After ‘The After Glow’"
Not “Where’s Wally?” as in the popular series of books featuring the boy with his distinctive red-and-white-striped shirt, bobble hat, and glasses. Rather “Where’s LOTI?” featuring the CalMac ferry with its distinctive red funnels, black and white super-structure and lift gear and otherwise known as “MV Lord of the Isles”. The fact is you can […]Read more "“Where’s LOTI?”"
After a night of prolonged high winds gusting to 73mph, the sea in the Passage of Tiree was ‘huge’ From our living room window we could see powerful waves out at sea and wave after wave breaking on the island and rocks surrounding the inlet known as ‘Millport’. With strong winds still blowing, plumes of […]Read more "Tiree: Normal Service Will Be Resumed"
This day last year was to say the least stormy. There were only two more sleeps until Christmas Day and with a heroic effort the MV ‘Hebridean Isles’ berthed at Tiree. The occasion is imprinted on my memory. In contrast, today, although the sailing was on an amber alert, there was no difficulty in berthing. […]Read more "The Difference A Year Makes"