Friendly, Courteous and Helpful

For the past week we had been keeping an eagle eye on the weather. A family member had made plans to visit us over the weekend. He was travelling north by train then flying from Glasgow. Would he make it over? Mouse-over for captions and double click for larger photographs You cannot organise the weather. […]

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More Like Midnight

It felt like the middle of the night. It was 7:00am on a January morning. The sun had not yet risen and it was pitch black. The waning crescent moon was just about to set. However, it was too windy to attempt to photograph it. With the wind and accompanying gusts forecast to rise the […]

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A Powerful Reminder

Today’s appointment at the pier was a reminder of the power of wind and wave. When the ‘Mighty’ Clansman entered the bay the wind was gusting to 44mph. In the bay the gusts might even have been higher. (The official figures are from the Airport.) Today’s sailing was on an  alert due to the sea […]

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Full Steam Ahead

“There’s many a slip between the cup and the lip.” In other words, “Will the ‘PS Waverley’ sail as advertised from Tiree?” After last year’s cruise into the Gunna Sound the decision had been made. If possible we would like to sail from Tiree to Oban on board the Waverley. (double-click for larger pictures, mouse-over […]

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When the Mist comes in

I’ve just read these words, “It’s wet and windy.” They come from a blog that we subscribe to: The Bg Garden and Croft. The blog is by Jonathan and Denise who live and work from their home in South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. Yesterday morning was sunny but by late afternoon the mist was descending […]

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Admiration

We have nothing but admiration: Admiration for Tiree’s courageous Pier Staff. Admiration for the skipper and crew of the MV Clansman. In galleries mouse-over for captions, double-click for larger photographs The weather forecast was looking bleak for Monday’s sailing. It was a statement and not a question. “You will be here on Monday!” On Sunday […]

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It’s Exciting!

Throughout the islands off Scotland’s West Coast there is much concern over ongoing depopulation. For some islands there is the fear of going the way of St Kilda where the island’s population were all evacuated to the Mainland. Here on Tiree many in the community are being proactive. So it is encouraging to see recent […]

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