A Bracing Beach Walk

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.

Balephuil beach
Balephuil beach

Weather permitting there is less than 24hours to his ferry arrives.
So this afternoon we headed west to Balephuil beach,
where the Atlantic Ocean was thundering in.

The Atlantic Ocean thundering in on Balephuil beach
The Atlantic Ocean thundering in on Balephuil beach

Having made use of the designated car park,
we made our way across the machair
before dropping down to the beach.

Skerryvore Lighthouse 13 miles out to sea
Skerryvore Lighthouse 13 miles out to sea

The weather was certainly bracing.
The wind speed was 28mph gusting to 36mph.
It was a mild 9.1 ° but the wind made it feel colder.
It was a afternoon for coats, hats, scarfs and gloves.

Skerryvore Lighthouse in the spotlight - it has not shrunk!
Skerryvore Lighthouse in the spotlight – it has not shrunk!

The waves were relentlessly breaking on the beach.
Away out to sea huge waves could be seen breaking on skerries.
A well placed break in the clouds gave a view towards Skerryvore.
Stephenson’s masterpiece of a lighthouse is about 13 miles distant.

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As we made our way along the beach,
we met two participants from yesterday’s festive run/walk,
and appropriately one was running while the other was walking.

 

Once again the combination of sky, sea and sand was fascinating.
At one point a shaft of sunlight was like a spotlight on Skerryvore.
At other times the sky was almost thunderstorm black.
Then the sun would momentarily break through.
And it was all taking place so quickly.

Outbound we choose to walk along the beach towards Kenavarra.
Kenavarra is one Tiree’s ‘Bens’, the other two being Hynish and Hough.
Although the highest, Ben Hynish, is only 141m it is nevertheless impressive.

Returning back along the beach we were looking towards Ben Hynish.
Nestling below are the townships of Balephuil and West Hynish.
Today our bracing walk certainly felt like the ‘windy west’.
It was most certainly invigorating.

Impressive Ben Hynish from the beach
Impressive Ben Hynish from the beach

This is ‘Life on Tiree’ enjoying a bracing walk along Balephuil beach.

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