Last year, 2018, was marked by 3 very special events The construction and launch of the Tiree Skiff. The unveiling and raising of the Tiree Flag. The inauguration of Tiree Sea Tours. The Noust was the construction site for the Tiree Skiff. For some of the labour force it was a like a second home. […]Read more "Flying The Flag"
The last we had seen of the Tiree skiff she was under wraps. She was sitting on her launch trolley at Scarinish Old Harbour. There ‘Gille-Brìghde’ lay under her protective cover as snug as a bug in a rug. Then just before lunch I was out walking. In front of the memorial in Pier Road […]Read more "Uncovered"
“Congratulations!” “Yes! Many Congratulations!” What a great achievement was celebrated on Saturday. The seed that had been sown finally germinated in February 2018. On the cold dark days of the new year preparatory work began. The workbench constructed then has proved invaluable. Next the frame and the kit for the St Ayles Skiff was delivered […]Read more "– ‘An Gille-Brìghde’ – The Launch"
Surrounded on all sides by water Tiree has a proud association with the sea. In 1894 Ada Goodrich Freer visited the Isle of Tiree. In the EP Dutton Publication ‘Outer Isles’ she wrote, There is a saying among the people that “if Tyree does not grow trees, it grows ministers and deep sea captains.” Today […]Read more "Skiff Attraction"
For the uninitiated ‘An Gille-Brìghde’ is the name of the Tiree St Ayles Skiff. For those who do not have the Gaelic it means ‘The Oyster Catcher’. These colourful birds are characteristic of the island. The skiff is presently under construction in the Noust (Boathouse). The work began with building a workbench in February (2018). […]Read more "An Gille-Brìghde"
Saturday the 24th of February was the first day of the alternate Winter Timetable. This is the consequence of the MV Clansman being away for its annual overhaul. The replacement vessels cannot match the MV Clansman’s timing. This year the replacement is the MV Hebridean Isles. At least it is meant to be. I set […]Read more "Construct and Destruct"
“If you go down to the Noust today You’re sure of a big surprise If you go down to the Noust today You’ll see them working on the prize.” The prize is the reward for all their hard work. Right now that work is of a vital preparatory nature. The goal is the constructing and […]Read more "It’s Exciting"