Barra Bound

CalMac provide a summer only service  to the island of Barra from the Isle of Tiree. It makes the once a week crossing – there and back – on a Wednesday. For the past two weeks this sailing has been cancelled. The reason given was the wind and the waves. This was the Penultimate Passage […]

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Spindrift Special

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 […]

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A Glassy Sea

The Passage of Tiree was like glass today. No wonder at 10:00am the wind speed was 1 mph. When the MV Clansman berthed at Tiree’s pier (11:05) the wind was 5 mph. Since coming to Tiree four years ago we have felt drawn to the pier. Most days we walk at least once or twice […]

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Gott A Walk!

“Gott: A Walk! Gott: A Walk! Gotta Walk! Gotta Walk! Gotta Walk!” We had a stormy Sunday. We woke up to a wet Monday. However, we enjoyed a sunny Monday afternoon. Just as forecast the sky turned bright blue at 12:30. You could actually see the weather front move through. Historic Kirkapol Chapels No wonder […]

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Calm as a Millpond

It’s the first day of September. And what a start it is to the month. The air is still and the sea is flat calm. The view across the Passage of Tiree is clear. Tweet-Five miles across the millpond is the Isle of Mull. Half way across is the distinctive shape of Bac Mòr – […]

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Changeover

One of the features of Island Life on Tiree is Changeover Day. Those occupying holiday lets have to vacate the property. The accommodation has to be cleaned and prepared. A few hours later the next guests enter. Traditionally Changeover Day has been a Saturday. Recently various lets have chosen a different day. Capacity on the […]

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Big Boats and Small Boats

There are big boats and small boats and all kinds of craft And cruise ships and training ships out on the sea When watching around the Isle of Tiree. It was around breakfast time that we noticed the vessel. “Look out the window there is a multi-mast sailing ship.” I was rather dismissive for all […]

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