When East Looks West

It is very easy when you first arrive on Tiree to lose your bearings. The length of the island lies east – west and not as you tend to think north – south.  Although you are aware that Tiree is an island, there are occasions when it appears to be joined to one of its neighbours. So at times the Munro ‘Ben More’ on Mull seems to be over the brow of the road and a bit further on – simply because momentarily the sea is hidden from view.

The Golf Ball on Ben Hynish
The Golf Ball on Ben Hynish

You know that neighbouring islands don’t shift. Yet, within the space of a few minutes, when out driving, an island can appear to have shifted. This is often the case with the Dutchman’s Cap. However, it is equally true of Eigg and Rum. Bays and roads all contribute to this phenomena.

Looking over Loch Bhasapol to Ben More on Mull
Looking over Loch Bhasapol to Ben More on Mull

You know that the sun sets in the west, but throughout the year it appears to go down at different places on the horizon. You associate a red sky at night with the west, but often the clouds to the east take on a distinct red or pink tinge. Even the Machair has a beauty all of its own as the sun sets in the west.

Ben More appearing out of the late evening mist (22:00 hours) - note the redish clouds
Ben More appearing out of the late evening mist (22:00 hours) – note the red sky in the east

Our three highest hills, Ben Hynish (141m), Kenavara and Ben Hough do help you find your bearings. However there are occasions when approaching by sea, particularly when sailing towards the Gunna Sound and Tiree from Barra, these hills seem to be in completely the wrong place.

Tilley our Wind Turbine
Tilley our Wind Turbine

When out and about there are three distinct landmarks that help you take your bearings. In the west is the Golf Ball on top of Ben Hynish. Towards the East is Tilley the island’s tallest wind turbine. And at Scarinish there is the BT Tower. And with the island being only 11 miles long and at the most 5 miles wide and in places only a mile wide, you cannot get lost. Can you?

BT Tower Scarinish
BT Tower Scarinish

Our Creator God has given us his trustworthy Word, the Bible as a map and compass to guide us through life and land us safe on the other side. A good place to start reading is in the second half of the Bible in Mark’s Gospel – Mark’s Good News about Jesus.

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