The south easterly wind had steadily risen over night and by the time Tuesday’s ferry was due the wind was gusting up to 41mph. These are challenging conditions for any ferry wanting to berth at Tiree. Real skill is required. High tide had not long past but at least it was a falling tide. The […]Read more "Impressive Seamanship"
The powers that be have decreed that the MV Clansman leave the waters of the Inner Hebrides for the Firth of Clyde. To facilitate this transfer she was scheduled to leave Oban an hour earlier than normal – 6:15 instead of 7:15 but due to a technical problem her departure was delayed. This untimely transfer […]Read more "“Haste Ye Back!”"
What a contrast in conditions today compared to yesterday morning. Although stormy yesterday the sunrise was clearly visible. Today the sky and the sea were leaden. Yesterday it felt stormy, today it is wild. Not as wild as it could be, but nevertheless wild. Just before high water the gusts of wind peaked at 60mph. […]Read more "Wild Water"
It is no exaggeration to say it was dramatic at the pier today. In Scarinish on the Isle of Tiree we woke up to a sprinkling of snow. As the morning wore on there were short, sharp, showers of hail and snow. When the MV Clansman berthed it was something different. The vessel departed the […]Read more "Snow Drama"
The phone rang! The phone was answered. The caller asked, “Did you see the sunrise?” The caller continued, “I wanted to warn you, it’s cold!” The sunrise had some warm colours. But the sky also hinted at the temperature outside. It was cold, just above freezing, but not as cold as the Mainland. At 8:00am […]Read more "Wind Chill"
There is something special about spindrift. Today we didn’t have to travel far to see it. It was right on our doorstep. We’ll not quite literally! Since the equinox the wind has been a feature of the weather. On several occasion the ferry has been on an alert. On Sunday the crossing had to be […]Read more "Spindrift Special"
Come fly with me over Tiree. This morning we fly over Baugh Beach. What a transformation from the previous evening. Baugh Beach – yesterday and today. Yesterday evening the sky was inky black and the sea green. This morning the sky was blue and the sea various shades of blue. There is still a strong wind […]Read more "‘Come Fly With Me’"
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, […]Read more "A Bracing Beach Walk"
The Welcome Mat is out all year round. Tiree welcomes visitors to the island. Today we welcomed family. The weather this past week has been a mixed bag. It has been a week of wintry sunshine and showers. With the wind rising the ferry was and still is on an alert. The CalMac website warns, […]Read more "The Welcome Mat"
Tiree is famous for its wave. Car drivers wave, pedestrians wave, most people wave. It has been said “If you go off island and you are still waving at Connel be worried. If you are still waving at Crianlarich you perhaps ought to seek help.” However, the Isle of Tiree is equally famous for the […]Read more "Tiree’s Classic Wave"