Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tiree

As usual we split the rest of the summer between the Dordogne and Scotland.

For the Scotland trip this year we spent a week on the island of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides. I lived on the island for five years when I was a child but I had never been back. I can't think why. Every spartan township; every seaweedy smell; every wheeling bird brought back happy memories of a carefree childhood.

Tiree is heaven on earth when it's sunny - endless white beaches, big skies, rock pools to explore, flat machair to walk across. And when the weather is bad — as it was on the last day of our holiday — it's really bad, excitingly bad, with howling gales and horizontal rain.  It's a wonderful, other-worldly sort of place. Here are some photos:


Evening sky Rainbow over Balemartin Balemartin beach P1120539 Postbox at Gott Bay

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8 comments:

Jordan said...

Great photos, and a lovely description as well. I really hope I can visit there someday.

Lucy said...

Lovely photos, just like I imagine it. I remember looking with longing across to it from Mull and Iona, and also a book of watercolours of aScottish island tour by Mairi Hedderwick, who did the Katy Morag books.

nmj said...

These should be used by the Scottish Tourist Board! Just gorgeous.

auntiegwen said...

So beautiful, God I miss home

Lesley said...

Thank you for all the nice comments.

Ksam said...

Those are gorgeous pics, I really must go to Scotland one day!!

spentrails said...

Such lovely photos and an equally lovely story. What a wonderful place to be, in Tiree.

Loulalilou-laloulaloulalé said...

De très Belles Photos... Cela donne vraiment envie d'aller y faire un petit Tour...Merci pour ce partage, Vanessa