He Hit The Mark

Yes! Seán Batty hit the mark. On Friday evening following the late evening Scottish news Seán forecast that Tiree would be the warmest place in Scotland. What a stark contrast with the storms of last weekend. Today, the sun shone from dawn to dusk and the sea was calm.

The sun rising over the Scarinish headland

We have recently fitted new curtains. They are very effective thermal blackout curtains. The only problem is they shut out the light. There is no advance warning of sunrise. So it was a dash out into the garden to admire the sunrise.

The Memorial adjacent to Pier Road.

It is Saturday the 7th of November and in normal circumstances at 3:00pm there would have been an Act of Remembrance at the Memorial situated just off Pier Road. But this is not a normal year and yet another community landmark has been missed.

The sun rising on the approach to the memorial

In many ways I want the photographs to testify themselves to the amazing November day that we have enjoyed on the Isle of Tiree. The sun was just coming up and yet I had no coat or jacket on when I went to the memorial just after sunrise. Well done Seán Batty!

The Dutchman’s Cap, Ben More and the mountain peaks of Mull
Looking across the Passage of Tiree
The moon was with us most of the morning

Later in the morning, probably just before 9:00am, we had a walk around Scarinish taking in the pier and the old Harbour. The winter sun is low in the sky and our shadows were long and the reflections were so bright.

Reflections at Scarinsh Old Harbour
Few craft remain in the harbour
Reflections mean two for the price of one

With such a beautiful day I went down to the pier at 11:00am to watch the ‘MV Clansman’ berth. Having watched the traffic roll off I then made my way back up to a vantage point above the old harbour.

The MV Clansman from above the harbour
Harbour View
The MV Clansman above the roof tops
Lighthouse View

This year we have hardly ventured beyond Scarinish, but this afternoon we decided to head out west. Our first stop was at West Hynish where we looked out to Skerryvore Lighthouse, about 12 miles off shore.

Skerryvore

The next stop was at Balephuil to watch the Atlantic roll in relentlessly. It appeared to be sending up a mist.

Balephuil Bay
Loch a’ Phuill and Ben Hough

The next stop was to admire the view across Balemartine and the Passage of Tiree towards Ben More on the Isle of Mull.

Across to Ben More on Mull

This past week flocks of birds numbering in the thosands have been seen in the sky above Tiree.

Island House

At Island House we drove across the Moor Road towards Cornaig and onto Balephetrish. By this time the sun was begining to drop in the sky as sunset approached.

Clouds mask the golden globe
The Isle of Rum from Balephetrish
The Isle of Rum brought closer

We then crossed back over the island to Crossapol and on to Baugh. The view in the rear view mirror was inspirational. Then it was home for a welome cup of coffee.

Looking across Hynish Bay towards Ben Hynish

The weather forecast for tomorrow, Sunday, is not for a repeat performace. The clouds that were building up to the west were an indication that we could believe the weather forecasters – at least on this occasion.

This is ‘Life on Tiree’

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So Tempting

It was so tempting blue skies and flat calm seas, day after day. Perfect conditions for a trip to Skerryvore and onto Lunga courtesy of Tiree Sea Tours. Who could resist it? Today, Friday, the weather has finally broken, the air is still, the sea calm, but harr (sea mist) is rolling in over the […]

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Lag na Cleite


‘Happy Valley’ – Isle of Tiree. It is almost five years since we first walked to Lag na Cleite
. We had just moved to Tiree and it was probably our very first walk.. The previous year, when on holiday, we had explored other areas. Our son, who had assisted with the removal, accompanied us on […]

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“What A Weekend!”

It was a long weekend with a difference. The difference was the wonderful weather. The weather many are hoping for next weekend. Next weekend is the Early May Bank Holiday and Tiree 10k. The forecast for much of the UK had been ominous. ‘High winds and a month’s rainfall in a day.’ In fact it […]

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TRIP OF A LIFETIME

What a day it has turned out to be be. Blue sky with clear views to neighbouring islands. So still that bird song travelled far and was music to the ears. It was all that the weather forecast predicated and more. Here on Tiree there was no need for coat, hat scarf and gloves. Especially […]

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Anticipation

Anticipation. Eager Anticipation. Only one more sleep to go. It was one of these calm evenings. The sun has shone for most of the daylight hours. And the slight breeze that had brought a nip to the air has dropped. There was to be no clear view of the setting sun. A thin viel of […]

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Inaugural Sailing

At just after 2:30pm Skipper Frazer MacInnes, his crew and passengers headed out to sea bound for the Skerryvore Lighthouse on board his impressive rib ‘the Aurora”. This was the inaugural sailing of this new venture, ‘Tiree Sea Tours’. Throughout the summer, weather permitting, on offer are a variety of tours. They include – Skerryvore […]

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A Thank You Box

It’s December 26th. Through the ages it has been  given various names. In some countries and cultures it is the 2nd Day of Christmas. From early on it was named after the first Christians martyr Saint Stephen. Nowadays the 26th of December is often referred to as Boxing Day. According to the Oxford English Dictionary the […]

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Pipped At The Post

What a glorious day. Daylight hours were crowned with sunshine. With just a whisper of wind it felt positively warm. A brief walk to the pier was in order before meeting with the church family. The yacht which had moored the previous evening was still in the bay. The outline of neighbouring islands was so […]

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A Bracing Beach Walk

Tiree has numerous beautiful beaches. In fact surfing or walking you are spoilt for choice. One member of the family has their personal favourite. So every visit, no matter the season, we make a pilgrimage. Weather permitting there is less than 24hours to his ferry arrives. So this afternoon we headed west to Balephuil beach, […]

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