The Flags Are Out!

Why are the flags flying? It is not simply because the sun is out. The flags are flying for the Tiree Music Festival. It is July and it feels like summer. The sky is blue and the air is pleasantly warm. And the sea, azure blue, looks so enticing, so inviting. What a great start […]

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Let There Be Sun

‘Let there be sun.’ This is the strap-line of TMF 2017. Does this evening’s sunset bode well for next weekend? The planning is over for this year’s Tiree Music Festival. The preparation of the island site is well under way. But the weather is something we cannot organise. It cannot be brought over on the […]

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Gunna Sound

Gunna Sound Do you mean the Ceiledh Band? Or do you mean a stretch of water? It is actually a particular stretch of water. But it is worth mentioning the well known Ceilidh Band After all the Isle of Tiree is justly proud of its musical tradition. What a range this tradition includes: At the […]

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Sail Away

The Tiree Music Festival is over for another year. Monday saw the mass exodus of festival goers. But it took two sailings of the Clansman. TMF over – the rain stopped and the sun shone. Monday evening was a real treat after the weekend. But that was just a foretaste of what was to come […]

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Incredible

What an incredible transformation! From poor visibility to almost perfect clarity. From murky grey sea fog to beautiful blue sky. From damp, dreich conditions to warm sunshine. (In galleries mouseover for captions, double-click for larger photographs) The change was not just sensory. The change touched and transformed feelings. Feelings of disappointment suddenly changed to excitement. […]

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Wait! Wait! Wait!

There’s been a joke doing the rounds on Tiree. They should have had ‘Wet, Wet, Wet’ playing at TMF. It has been a weekend of persistent dreich, damp weather. On Sunday evening sea fog (haar) began and settled in overnight. The first ferry departed Oban at 5:30am and arrived Tiree at 9:20am. Long before the […]

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A Welcoming Working Island

Tiree is a welcoming, working island. It is a surfer’s paradise, but it is much more. It is not simply a playground, but a home to those who live and work here. This weekend it is hosting the Tiree Music Festival. The Cornaig Ceilidh Band (Number 6) in the CalMac Tent. On Sunday the Church […]

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Addition Or Edition?

Is it the Thursday Edition? Or is the Thursday Addition? It matters not for it can be read either way. Appointments in Baugh meant no appointment with the ferry. Yet before dropping down to the old harbour the ferry was visible. As I crossed the machair beside Pier Road the ferry headed out to sea. I […]

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Sun Before Showers

The last thing the organisers of TMF want is a forecast of gale force winds. Any gales are further north and west, so TMF has been spared. Wednesday is the day of sun before the arrival of showers. (Mouse-over in galleries for captions, double-click for larger photographs.) It is heart warming to have bright blue sky. Scarinish old […]

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A Busy Month

July is a busy month on the Isle of Tiree. Some escape to the Mainland and Abroad on holiday. For those who remain behind and for visitors, “Get out your diary.” This is the week of the Tiree Fèis. Established in 1990 to foster and promote the language, culture and music of Tiree, the Fèis […]

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