Baugh Revisited

In the past 12 months two people have requested
that Life-on-Tiree feature two specific locations:
Vaul and Manal respectively.

Baugh, the only working telephone box on the island - close to the old roadmap's cottage.
Baugh has the only working telephone box on the island – close to the old roadman’s cottage.

In the coming months, time and weather permitting
we shall attempt to fulfil these specific requests
and to feature the various island townships.

The sun breaking through the clouds, captured from Baugh
The sun breaking through the clouds, captured from Baugh

The Isle of Tiree is the most fertile island in the Hebrides.
The official website states . . .
‘The land is split into thirty one crofting townships.’
‘Roughly speaking, Tiree has an outer ring of machair,
a middle section of dark, rich, cultivatable earth,

and a centre of wet, peaty ground called sliabh (pronounced slieve). 

Most crofting townships are divided

so as to have a ‘slice’ of each type of ground.

The hill grazing and sliabh 

which keep their moisture are for summer grazing,
t
he field land is cropped

and the machair provides grazing
at the wetter times of the year.’

Homes in Baugh Township
Homes in Baugh Township

With 31 townships to cover it will take some time.
We have been resident on the island over three years now.
However, there are still areas we have yet to visit and photograph.

Tiree Pottery
Tiree Pottery (Baugh)

Lying between Scarinish and Crossapol is the township of Baugh or Am Bàgh.
It is no surprise therefore that many simply drive through the township.
The Baptist Church’s premises are situated in Baugh
Thus frequently we have occasion to stop there.

Baugh daffodils, A hint that Spring is on its way
Baugh daffodils, a hint that Spring is on its way

The past week at times it has felt as if Spring is on the way.
So when one of us had reason to call into the Baptist Church building,
the other used the opportunity to explore the unexplored areas of Baugh.
For example to take the dead-end road that goes on beyond Tiree Pottery.

Tiree's famous black cows beside an ancient boundary
Tiree’s famous black cows beside an ancient boundary in Baugh

The good news is that remedial work is to be carried out on Dr Buchanan’s monument.
The monument has been damaged more than once during stormy weather.
It appears that it will not be fully restored – very expensive.
However, it will be weather-proofed.

The monument is a good viewpoint being slightly elevated.
Here there are views the length and breadth of the island.
Below the memorial is the site of a former quarry.

Baugh's Disused Quarry
Baugh’s Disused Quarry

It was excavated during the Second World War.
Material from it was used in the construction of the Reef Road
It is suggested that the monument was cracked by this blasting.

Port a`Mhuilinn, Baugh is very attractive.
We are told that ‘Puffers’ would call in here in the past.
Now in the summer months small dinghies can be found moored here.

Isle-of-Tiree
Port a`Mhuilinn

Tràigh a’ Bhàigh is one of our impressive beaches.
Nowadays Tràigh Bhàgh is more popularly known as Crossapol beach.
Crossapol has overtaken Baugh in population leading to the change in description.

Baugh/Crossapol beach from Dr Buchanan's memorial
Baugh or Crossapol beach from Dr Buchanan’s memorial

There is good reason to explore Baugh and not just Tràigh Bhàgh .
Take the short climb to the monument and appreciate the view.
Or enjoy coffee, cake and craic at the Baptist Church’s Coffee Pot.

The Reef and Tiree Airport from Dr Buchanan's memorial
The Reef and Tiree Airport from Dr Buchanan’s memorial

This is ‘Life on Tiree’ focusing on Baugh.

A Highland Cow enjoying the good life in Baugh
A Highland Cow enjoying the good life in Baugh

 

 

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