Pick and Mix

The sun has shone on Tiree today. Not as warm as London, but warmer than it has been. With a chauffeur to drive here a few photographs from the East End. Double-click for larger picture, mouse-over for captions. Due to wind and wave conditions yesterday’s ferry was cancelled. Today, the ferry had no problems berthing […]

Read more "Pick and Mix"

The Sounds of Sunset

Tiree specialises in spectacular sunsets. Low lying and with big skies no matter where you live on the island sunsets are special.  At the west end of the island the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean, here on the east we have the ‘Big Bay’ (Gott Bay) and the Passage of Tiree. Coming and going […]

Read more "The Sounds of Sunset"

The Maze – Amazing!

To guarantee sunny weather try inviting a relative who wants to experience wild, wintry weather on Tiree. Their ferry crossing was on an almost flat calm sea with bright blue skies. Unlike a few days ago there was no swell to prevent berthing. (Mouse-over for captions – Double-click for larger pictures) After lunch we headed for […]

Read more "The Maze – Amazing!"

Room with a View

This morning we woke to the sound of the wind. It was even louder in our living room. The roof slates were dancing. Gertrude! Yet what a view from our south facing windows. What it is to have rooms with a view. And not just when the sky is blue. At first light we could […]

Read more "Room with a View"


“Have you still got a roof?” Thankfully we have! And we are filled with gratitude for the concerned enquiry. (Mouse-over for titles – Double click for larger pictures) Gertrude is still making her presence felt. The titles are rattling and hail is battering the windows. Although the worst of the storm has passed the gusts are still […]

Read more "Gratitude"

A Striking Contrast

What a difference a few hours make. Yesterday you could hardly see in front of you and the wind was gusting to over 50mph. Even during the night the wind was still up and the rain was lashing down. This morning the sun is shining, it is relatively calm and you can see across to […]

Read more "A Striking Contrast"

Breath Taking

She did it! The MV Clansman certainly deserves her appellative “The Mighty One”. With adverse weather forecast she was operating to a revised timetable. She left the Ferry Terminal at Oban at 5:45  (1 hour and 30 minutes early). After safely berthing at Coll she set to sea bound for Gott Bay, Tiree. Driving rain and low […]

Read more "Breath Taking"

Tha i gaothach!

It’s windy! It’s windy here on Tiree! It is the first real storm of the season. And for the first time the storm has been named by the Met Office. ABIGAIL At One O’ Clock the winds were gusting to 60mph. Thankfully CalMac had anticipated the strength of the wind. The ferry had been rescheduled and sailed […]

Read more "Tha i gaothach!"

High Water

With the clocks no longer on British Summer Time, daylight hours are markedly shorter, especially in the afternoon. As darkness began to set, we took the opportunity to see the effect the strong wind was having on the waves at high tide. With the wind coming from a southerly direction the swell was driving up the […]

Read more "High Water"

Swell Tiree

Due to swell conditions the 15:15 sailing from Castlebay to Oban was delayed and the consequence of this decision is that this evening’s sailing from Tiree to Coll and is cancelled. Although the above view of the pier is bright and sunny there was a considerable swell running. For most of the previous evening and overnight the wind was gusting up […]

Read more "Swell Tiree"