Despite living in Argyll I always have this great sense of adventure boarding a Calmac ferry because the islands can be so different. We all read the Oban Times but the landscape, the architecture, the culture, the general attitude and pace of life can vary enormously. We were on Tiree for a long weekend visiting old friends of Elise’s. It was a great opportunity to catch-up, socialise and explore. I don’t need to say anything about the beaches as the images say it all. Like Coll its northern neighbour, Tiree is a low lying island that doesn’t upset the Atlantic weather blowing in from the south west and is rewarded by being the sunniest place in UK. Traditionally weather forecasting was aided by ships transmitting 4 hourly citreps but after the construction of the air stipe during WW11 aircraft were also used for this purpose. It was an aircraft flying out from Tiree that spotted the weather-window that set in motion the date for D-Day and the start of the end of WW11.
Skerryvore Lighthouse can be seen clearly from the shore. Designed by Alan Stevenson and built on the An Sgeir Mhòr (the large skerry) which lies 11 miles south west of Tiree, this lighthouse was described by Robert Louis Stevenson as "the noblest of all extant deep sea lights."
We were photographed chomping into a delicious lobster roll and now feature on the official Tiree website – famous!