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Tiree, Scotland’s ‘Sunshine Isle’ by Paul Rees

The below article featured in the travel section of The Guardian last Wednesday the 24th of July. With the writer, Paul Rees giving a rave review of our ‘sunshine isle’. Have a read and see what you think.

The last time I sat on the saddle of a pushbike I was still in short trousers. Forty years later, I was pedalling gleefully down an undulating single-track road on a clear blue mid-July morning. Either side, the road was framed by hedgerows and, beyond, untamed croft land was gold and purple thanks to an abundance of buttercups and heather. Up ahead lay an expanse of ocean, aquamarine and twinkling. The air was rich with birdsong and the scent of grasses and sea. There wasn’t a car in sight. It was like riding into the pages of an Enid Blyton story. Until, that is, a great black-backed gull swooped from on high, plucked an enormous brown rat from a roadside ditch, soared once more to the heavens and flung its poor victim back to Earth, and its doom.

Such are the enchantments and wildness of Tiree – resident population 650, and the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides. When I arrived the previous morning by ferry from the mainland port of Oban, it didn’t so much loom as sneak into view: pancake-flat but for Ben Hynish, the solitary, 141-metre hill, and all but treeless. Tiree, though, glories in what happens around and about its 36 miles of coastline. It both reinforces and gives lie to the cliche that the beaches of the Hebrides could belong to the Caribbean or Pacific, but for their weather, heather and midges. Tiree’s edges are indeed made up of numerous secluded crescent-shaped bays, each with fine, white sand, as picturepostcard perfect as the next, and near deserted. Thanks to the mild influence of the Gulf Stream, Tiree is the Sunshine Isle, basking in more hours of annual sunlight than just about any other location in the British Isles. Since it is also out in the Atlantic, and as such also Britain’s windiest place, it has the additional advantage of being inhospitable to the summer-long curse of most of Scotland’s islands and Highlands: midges.

The Gulf Stream also warms the waters around Tiree and its near-neighbour, Coll, and they teem with life. The latter half of my four-hour ferry journey was a marine adventure in itself. From my vantage point on the upper stern deck, I counted five surfacing minke whales, an eight-strong pod of leaping white-beaked dolphins and the arched black backs of many more harbour porpoise. Not to mention squadrons of gulls, shags, guillemots, arctic terns, marauding arctic skuas and diving gannets.

The three-mile drive from the tiny port of Scarinish to my accommodation covered a quarter of Tiree’s length. I stayed in a cosy, white-walled crofter’s cottage, Traigh Mhor, surrounded on three sides by heathland grazed by a herd of Highland cattle, and facing out to the island’s longest uninterrupted stretch of sand, Gott Bay. Other snug and hardy houses (with outer walls painted bright pink, yellow or red) are dotted along the track roads that criss-cross the island. At 12 in number, Tiree also boasts the highest concentration of traditional thatched buildings in Scotland. Tiree’s two exceptions to convention are House No 7 and An Turas. Nestled into a coastal promontory at the southern tip of Scarinish, the former is a multi-award-winning home. Designed and built for his parents by London-based architect Murray Kerr, it is a striking, but empathetic melding of an older, renovated cottage with a brace of more futuristic-looking, metal-clad, barn-like extensions. Sadly, it’s not for rent. Sited dockside at Scarinish port and Scotland’s 2003 Building of the Year, An Turas meanwhile is a standout cuboid structure of glass, metal and wood that serves as both art exhibition space and a shelter for foot passengers on the ferry. Both buildings bring a dash of daring to Tiree. Otherwise, Tiree is an escape from the fast pace of modernity and best seen from a bike (hired from various outlets around the island, from £8 a day).

On a glorious afternoon, I pedalled up and down Tiree’s southern extremity, visiting Balevullin Bay at one end and Balephuil Bay at the other. At Balevullin, surfers and windsurfers rode crashing whitewater waves. From Balephuil, the venerable Skerryvore lighthouse is visible on the horizon, standing guard on its base of jagged, treacherous rock. It was described by Robert Louis Stevenson as “the noblest of all deep sea lights”, and there is a charming museum to this 19th-century monument at the nearby township of Hynish. For lunch, I called at the Farmhouse Cafe, just around the headland from Hynish in Balemartine, which offers simple sandwich and snack fare. Sitting on a sun-dappled patio I was serenaded from the bordering grassland by the distinctive comb-scraping-on-matchbox call of corncrake. Later, I stopped off at Chocolate & Charms, a gift-and-snack shop in Heylipol, for a cup of rich, creamy hot chocolate. On this occasion, from my outside perch on a wooden bench, I was dive-bombed by batteries of swallows and sand martin.

Eating out at night in Tiree is also a rustic experience. The island has a handful of fish and chip shops, and the Cobbled Cow at Crossapol does meat and seafood dinners, but you will search in vain for fine dining. Best bet for an evening meal is to pick up something from Tiree Lobster & Crab in Scarinish. It’s basically a Portacabin in the car park next to the Co-op, and sells catch-of-the-day fish and shellfish at reasonable prices. On my last night on Tiree, I walked a mile up the road from my cottage to Salum Bay. This more rugged, tucked-away corner of the island hosts a 70-strong grey seal colony and affords a panoramic view of the Outer Hebrides, the shadow peaks of Barra, South Uist and Benbecula sweeping off into the further Atlantic.

At 11pm, the darkened sky was still gashed with the crimson of a setting sun and there was no sound but for the barking of seals and lapping waves.

Like Tiree, I was entirely at peace.

Loganair Flying Solo

It was announced at the end of last year that Scotland’s Airline Loganair will be ‘flying solo’ and operating flights in its own right from September the 1st.

With only one month to go until the current franchise agreement with Flybe and other airlines expires, Loganair has now released images of the newly painted aircrafts which will continue to operate on all current routes, Tiree included.

The tartan inspired design will be rolled out to all aircrafts and uniforms of their 600-strong team, introducing a new, definitively Scottish identity to the skies.

Loganair provide over 1,000 flights each week across 46 routes, offering unrivalled connectivity for Scotland and with operations stretching as far afield as London, Norwich, Manchester, Dublin, and Bergen in Norway. It has almost 300 flights each week to and from Glasgow, and is the largest operator at key airports throughout the Highlands & Islands including Inverness, Sumburgh, Kirkwall, Stornoway and Tiree.

The extensive Loganair network also includes the world-famous “times subject to tide” operations to the beach airport at Barra and the world’s shortest scheduled flight, linking the Orkney islands of Westray and Papa Westray with daily flights taking only two minutes.

Scotland’s Airline has operated its services under franchise agreements with British Airways, from 1993 to 2007, and latterly with Flybe from 2007. The current franchise arrangement with Flybe will continue till the 31st of August 2017.

Peter Simpson, Chief Executive of Airline Investments Ltd, Loganair’s parent company, stated back in November: “Although Loganair has flown as a franchise carrier for larger airlines over the last 24 years, there is still a huge level of recognition and affinity for the Loganair name throughout Scotland and beyond. We believe the time is right for Scotland’s Airline to now spread its wings once again, and are delighted to be introducing a bold new corporate identity to accompany this important move.” “On behalf of the 600-strong team at Loganair, I’m delighted that Scotland’s Airline will be taking to the skies in its own right,” says Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s Managing Director. “All of us are very much looking forward to providing the highest standards of safety, punctuality and customer service synonymous with the Loganair name. We hold tremendous responsibility to operate services on lifeline routes and provide connectivity for Scotland – operating more flights in Scotland than every other airline put together – and I am wholly confident that Loganair’s independence will be warmly welcomed by both our customers and our dedicated team of professional employees.”

The new Loganair Booking system is now up and running and all flights from the 1st of September onwards can be booked through the website at www.loganair.co.uk.

Any flight bookings in the interim can still be booked through www.flybe.com

Just Over A Week Until Tiree Music Festival

  • New Acts Announced
  • Unique Audience Experience With Cinemor 77
  • Launch of Tiree’s Very Own Tyree Gin
  • A Special Guest Appearance
  • Last Few Tickets Remain

With less than two weeks to go until Tiree Music Festival 2017 a host of new acts have been announced, alongside a unique audience experience, the launch of the island’s brand new gin and a special guest appearance!

With the last few tickets available the countdown is on to get tickets to what was voted Scotland’s Best Small Festival at last year’s Scottish Events Awards.

The Island of Tiree is often dubbed ‘The Hawaii of the North’ and with picture-perfect white sands and world-famous surf, TMF is more than just a music festival but instead a true island adventure to what has been described as one of the most stunning festival locations in the world.

Gary Innes, one of the new acts to be added to this year’s line-up, and Tide Lines’ front man Robert Robertson gave the new unique audience experience at this year’s festival a trial run. Social Enterprise group Cinemor 77 will bring their Cinema Yurt to Tiree Music Festival where they will offer special film experiences alongside a number of intimate gigs.With cushions and bean bags for seats and a capacity of only 30 people this will provide a unique experience for festival goers who will be able to watch their favourite artists perform in an intimate setting. Robert Robertson,who will be playing in Cinemor 77’s Cinema Yurt, had this to say after trying it out, “It was brilliant, I have never seen anything like it before! I can’t wait to play a gig in such a unique and intimate environment, I think it will be really special and definitely one of the most memorable venues I’ll have ever played!”

An exciting new act to be announced for this year’s Tiree Music Festival is highland born accordionist, founding member of Mànran and presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s Take the Floor, Gary Innes who will be performing his new album ‘ERA’ at this year’s festival, Scotland’s only summer festival to showcase the new material.

Another brilliant new addition to 2017’s Tiree Music Festival line-up is Glasgow’s Have Mercy Las Vegas. Following their launch onto the Scottish Music scene in 2011, Have Mercy Las Vegas have gone from strength to strength with their rowdy and eclectic mix of folk and blues and their Celtic flair.

Known best for their live performances where they fully show off their range of original songs, foot stomping hoe downs and even some harmonious laments. Another addition to this year’s line-up is former front-man of the much loved Scottish Americana band The Felsons, Dean Owens.

His compelling and engaging live performance connects with the audience through an emotional hurricane of stories and songs. He will be joined by his band, The Whisky Hearts, who are a mighty all-star line-up.

Owens has been described by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris as “One of Scotland’s best” and with Russell Brand encouraging us all to “For God’s sake buy this album”, TMF can’t wait to welcome him to the festival.

Jam Sandwich will be returning to Tiree Music Festival again for 2017.When they last played TMF in 2014 Festival Director Daniel Gillespie remembers them nearly blowing the roof off the then brand new Big Top Tent, he says, “They created an electric atmosphere with their feel-good, high energy performance – absolute crowd-pleasers from the word go.”

Tamzene, the first signing to new label Belladrum Records, will also be performing at this year’s festival. Hailing from Cromarty in the Highlands of Scotland, Tamzene’s debut single ‘Lullaby’ has been released to critical acclaim and the TMF audience can look forward to hearing more of what this highly talented multi-instrumentalist has to offer.

Flame haired songstress Sophie Rogers will be showcasing her Caledonia soul and folk/pop fusion at TMF 2017. With a new EP coming out this year Sophie will be playing an array of new material as well as some old favourites from her sold out EP ‘An Overflow of Words’ and album ‘Two Sides’.

Sophie is no stranger to performing live having toured across the UK, Europe, USA and Canada.

Tiree Music Festival also looks forward to welcoming vocalist and guitarist Marianne Fraser, of folk ensemble Cherry Grove, to this year’s festival. The keen songwriter describes her main influences as Karine Polwart, Boo Hewerdine, Nickel Creek and Regina Spektor.

The Sea Atlas, winners of the Calmac Culture 2017 competition, will also be performing their atmospheric folk rock at this year’s festival. From the Western Isles of Scotland this 4 piece draws inspiration from their Scottish surroundings when writing and performing their wealth of original material.

Another coup for the multi-award winning festival is the official launch of the Island’s brand new Tyree Gin taking place over the weekend. This brand new addition to the ‘Hebridean Gin’ is a true taste of Tiree with the flavour being achieved through six locally foraged botanicals which are ground together with Kelp and Sea-Belt from the wild Atlantic Ocean. Tyree was the original spelling for Tiree’s Post Office, established in Scarinish in 1802, the name was changed to Tiree in 1889.

There will also be a special guest performance from Anthony “Anto” Thistlewaite, long-standing member of Irish rock band The Saw Doctors, who will join Tide Lines on stage at this year’s festival.

The multi-instrumentalist was a founding member of The Waterboys and has recorded with the likes of Bob Dylan, Sharon Shannon, Eddi Reader, Chris De Burgh, Robyn Hitchcock, Fairground Attraction and Psychedelic Furs to name a few.

Festival Director, Daniel Gillespie, said: “The countdown is well and truly on! I can’t believe in less than two weeks we will be welcoming an array of talented musicians to the island and also, of course, our inimitable Tiree Music Festival audience! “There are some brilliant up-and-coming acts that are not to be missed this year, alongside some fresh new material from some well-known festival faces. “We can’t wait to welcome Cinemor 77 to the festival this year too, this will be a really unique and memorable experience for our audience who will get to watch some of their favourite artists perform in such an intimate environment!”

Artists confirmed to play the Cinemor 77 Yurt are Siobhan Miller, Robert Robertson, Gentlemen of Few,Have Mercy Las Vegas, Dean Owens and The Whisky Hearts, Tamzene, SophieRogers, Marianne Fraser and The Sea Atlas.

The full 2017 line-up includes Scouting for Girls, Dougie MacLean, FunBox, Skipinnish, Skerryvore, Tide Lines, Siobhan Miller,Gary Innes, JigJam, Gunna Sound, Trail West, Heron Valley, Gentlemen of Few,Have Mercy Las Vegas, Dean Owens and The Whisky Hearts, Dosca, Jam Sandwich, Cornaig Ceilidh Band, DùnMòr, The Defenders,Tamzene, Sophie Rogers, Marianne Fraser and The SeaAtlas.

Fèis Thiriodh 2017 off to a Fantastic Start

The 27th annual Fèis Thiriodh kicked off at the beginning of this week and what a brilliant first couple of days they have been!

The star-studded line up of tutors have been busy tutoring over 100 students who are signed up to the main Fèis, Fèis Bheag and Fèis Bheag Bheag, making Fèis Thiriodh 2017 another fantastically supported event!

The start of the event also marked the start of the summer sun and we have been making the most of the lovely weather, with a variety of sports classes and the younger classes enjoying lessons outside. Fèis Bheag and Fèis Bheag Bheag has again proven very popular with the younger generation, which is very encouraging for the future of the event. Over half of the overall numbers are attending these classes where they have been receiving guest appearances from the music, dance and sport tutors to give them an insight of what is to come when they are age to attend the main workshops. The evening and fringe events have also been a huge hit.

On Monday evening, the first ‘Taste of Tiree – Blasad den Eilean againn’ welcome event was held. Tiree Trust will be running these events for the next 6 weeks, to welcome visitors to the island and the first one was billed as part of the Fèis and was a welcomed addition to the programme. The evening was excellently chaired by local Mabel Macarthur and enjoyed by many who were entertained by a selection of Fèis music tutors and a special highland dance performance from Iona Cairns. This was followed by interesting talks from Dr John Bowler and Dr John Holliday.

Tuesday was billed as the Tutors’ Ceilidh, which is always a fantastic evening of entertainment. Fèis Thiriodh have been very lucky over the years to attract and secure a huge amount of very talented musicians and individuals who work extremely hard over the week, tutoring and entertaining at various evening events. Tuesday’s ceilidh was well attended by the community, who were kept entertained and well informed by the ‘fear an taighe’ for the evening, Seonaidh Charity.

Seonaidh introduced all the acts throughout the evening which included a variety of ceilidh sets led by musical director for the evening, Eilidh MacFadyen on the box. Eilidh was joined by a host of others including, Mairi Innes on guitar, multi-talented musicians, Micheal Steele, Wee Ewan Henderson and Duncan MacDonald who entertained on the pipes, accordion, whistle, flute and drums. We had some wonderful solo singing performances from Alastair Currie, Iona Brown, Linda MacLeod and Johnathan Gillespie, along with a fantastic fiddle set performed by Craig Espie. The tutors were also joined by the tireless, hardworking Fèis committee who took to the stage to help sing this year’s Fèis song, Lag nan Cruachan, which was chosen and dedicated to the late Bernie Smith who was a very active committee member and supporter of Fèis Thiriodh.

As An Tirisdeach goes to print, we will only be half way through the Fèis week. Wednesday will see the event shifting location for a few hours, as they take to the seas and set off on the ‘Muse Cruise’ up to Barra. This is always a very popular event and the good weather looks to be continuing for it. On the return to Tiree, the tutors will be having a few tunes in the Lean To. A family dance will take place on Thursday, in An Talla, followed by the final dance on Friday night.

The band for the evening will include a variety of the tutors, who will be sure to keep you entertained and on your feet throughout the night.

For further information on all the remaining events make sure you check out the website www.feis-thiriodh.com or look out for the official programme which is on sale throughout the island.

Well done to all the committee, tutors and students who have worked to create another fantastic event!

Screen Tiree Goes Viral

T3 Trainspotting Tiree from jack lockhart on Vimeo.

One of our local community groups, Screen Tiree has recently gone viral with their own remake of the iconic, Trainspotting scene.

The popular scene which sees cast member Ewan McGregor running through Edinburgh streets has been reshot here on Tiree, featuring islanders and members of the Screen Tiree committee.

Derek Campbell took on the lead role of ‘Renton’ even throwing in a stunt man move of being hit by a car. The 44 second clip follows, Derek, Jo Vale, Mairi Forbes and Forrest Lockhart running past the Co-op and down towards the Scarinish Hotel, featuring the original soundtrack of ‘lust for life’ and an alternative Tiree version of the voice over: “Choose life. Choose gale force winds. Choose whole families of cyclists going really slowly on single track roads. Choose power cuts. Choose no signal on your mobile phone. Choose ferry cancellations due to adverse weather conditions. Choose rusty cars. Choose wellies and a fleece. Choose your future. Choose Tiree’.

Screen Tiree set up just over a year ago with the aim to reintroduce a form of cinema club and movie screenings to the community. Since then they have put on 14 films and organised a variety of opportunities for children through the ‘into film’ initiative. The latest film that was shown was the Trainspotting sequel, T2, where the audience received the first glimpse of the local scene.

The clip was created entirely by the Screen Tiree committee, filmed in only a couple of hours using a mobile phone. However, it has since been uploaded to social media and has now been viewed over 10,000 times through shares on Facebook and mentioned in The Oban Times and in national newspaper, The Sun.

It was even retweeted by the author of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh, who simple commented ‘love it’. Fantastic! The film will also be screened at a film festival in Italy next week!

Screen Tiree hopes to continue making as well as screening films as it’s such a great way of bringing people together for a great time! With the success of their first effort, I am very much looking forward to seeing what else can be produced. The Screen Tiree programme of screenings has now finished for the summer and they are planning a new season for the autumn although they do have a few rainy day titles up their sleeve. To keep up to date with all the latest events and screenings search for ‘Screen Tiree’ on Facebook and look out for local adverts within An Tirisdeach.

Tiree Pupils Chosen as Poster Competition Winners!

An Tirisdeach is delighted to report that 4 Tiree Primary School pupils have been chosen to appear in the Edinburgh Festival Schools Poster Competition.

Iona Weatherhead (P2), Liam Walker (P3), Maurice Wright (P2) and Jemma Kavanagh (P3) are the four lucky pupils whose posters were chosen out of a massive 6000 plus entries.

Their poster designs will now be displayed throughout the summer (from June 6th) in Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, along with the other 150 that were chosen.

This is a massive achievement for Tiree Primary school and Shona Johnston, head of the art department commented ‘To give a sense of perspective on how amazing their win is, in 25 years of teaching I have had 4 pupils shortlisted so to have 4 winners in one year from our tiny school is nothing short of incredible.’

The School Poster Competition is open to all schools throughout Scotland and is run in conjunction with Edinburgh Festival which takes place throughout August in the capital. The designs will be displayed throughout this time and they will also be available to view on the Edinburgh Festival website when it goes live later in the month.

An Tirisdeach would like to say a huge well done to all four pupils, Iona, Liam, Maurice and Jemma. If you are in Dynamic Earth over the summer make sure you have a look for their submissions.

Local Surfing Success In Thurso

An Tirisdeach are delighted to report that two local boys have recently been awarded two first places in their respective classes at a prestigious surfing competition up in Thurso.

Finn MacDonald, who turned 16 on the day of the competition and Ben Larg, 12 both travelled to Thurso to take part in the 2017 Scottish National Surfing Championships and Finn placed first in the under 16s section and Ben was crowned first in the under 18s section, an impressive achievement for someone of just 12 years old.

This is the second year the boys have competed in the competition, having secured podium positions in last year’s event too. Both boys have been surfing on Tiree, through Blackhouse Watersports and the local Surf Club for many years and 2016 saw them compete in professional competitions for the first time. They have travelled as far as the Azores in Portugal, where they competed in the World Junior Surfing competition and Morocco, where the European Surfing competition was held – both boys placed on the podium at each of these events. They are also currently working on a bid to represent Team GB at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games, the first-time surfing will be included in the games.

Both boys are definitely making ‘waves’ at home and further afield and have once again done Tiree proud with their efforts and achievements! Well done and congratulations to both Finn and Ben.

Tiree Hockey Club News

Since its inception in 2016, Tiree Hockey club has been going from strength to strength with various keen players taking part in the regular classes.

The group is run by Tiree Trust’s Youth Worker, Willie MacKinnon who played a lot of hockey prior to moving to Tiree. Willie is assisted by a variety of other locals who have a lot of hockey experience, including David Clark, Jim McDowell, Steph Tanner, Ruth MacKinnon and Arlene MacKinnon.

At each session, Willie works on training drills with the children along with a group game at the end.

This month the club have been very lucky to receive two donations of goalie protection equipment which can be utilised by the Tiree Club and budding goal keepers. Willie has received great support from his old team mates at Anchor Hockey, who were on Tiree last year to run a hockey workshop. Willie hopes to run this again this year – watch this space.

Each month the coaches choose a ‘player of the month’ and this month it was awarded to Lewis Gunn and Kirsten MacKinnon who ‘have shown great improvement in a short time’ – well done to you both!

Junior Hockey club runs on a Tuesday afternoon from 3:30 – 5pm and Sunday afternoon 1:30 – 3pm which is a mixed adult and junior session. An adult only session is also on on Sunday from 12 – 1:30pm. The adult session was previously very popular and we would like to encourage anyone wishing to attend to come along.

Regular information regarding classes is posted on Tiree Trust social media pages along with the website www.tireetrust.org.uk

Tiree 10K & Half Marathon 2017

It’s nearly 10k & Half Marathon weekend, and already it’s set to be another record breaker as we look forward to welcoming this year’s competitors.

Tiree 10k & Half Marathon: Saturday 29th April – start time 2pm on Sorobaidh beach

• Biggest start line ever assembled with 375 runners entered

• More clubs represented than ever before

• Charity runners raising funds for Tiree Play Park

• Team Skipinnish taking on the 10k & HM course

• The legendary 10k dance with Crackin’ Craic

It’s set to be a great weekend, and this year the event has proved more popular than ever. So much so that it’s now completely full! We’ve squeezed people in, and filled cancellations, but we still have a waiting list of nearly 100 runners! Who’d have thought running into a headwind was so popular! Thanks everyone who’s entered and good luck with your final preparations.

As the event is full we won’t be taking any entries on the day except for the kids’ events. For anyone who’s missed out please do come and support the runners or join the event crew, it’s still a fun day out and your cheering will be hugely appreciated!

Kids’ events: Enter on the day – registration from 10am, races start at 1pm 10k & Half Marathon – event full so no entry on the day

Evening dance: Tickets available on the day from An Talla

Tiree’s Adventure Play Park: The event is raising funds for the development of the park at Crossapol.

Our visiting team of charity runners are also collecting sponsors for this project, and it’s already proved to be a lovely way for our visitors to contribute to community life on Tiree. We’re pleased to support this project and we’ll also hold a raffle in the evening to add to this fund. Any prizes gratefully received.

Event Crew: As always, the event is made possible by the people that help on the day, so if you can spare a few hours on the Saturday please do come and join the crew. Let us know and we can get you in the team.

Road safety and convenience: After the 2pm start on the beach, there will be lots of runners on the road to Hynish, and back around through Balinoe, Heylipol, Sandaig, Kilkenneth and Moss. There are course maps on the Tiree Fitness website, and we’d just ask all drivers to be extra vigilant, and also for your own convenience if it’s possible to avoid travel during 2-4pm you’d stand a better chance of avoiding hold ups. But the roads are of course open, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Find out more: Join the Facebook group and keep an eye on the Tiree Fitness website for further updates and news. Any enquiries can be made to Will at Tiree Fitness. Contact Will on 07867 304640 or email will@tireefitness.co.uk or go to www.tireefitness.co.uk

12 years of the Tiree 10k & Half Marathon – remember when…..

• We woke to thick snow last year just before the event

• The pipe band marched the course in sweltering heat

• Bride & Groom teams ran the 10k and finished with a dip in the sea

• Trail West made a name for themselves at their first gigs

• The buses took everyone over to Hough and Balevullin for the start

• The 31 minute 10k!!!

• Local man Owain Williams finally got to the top of the podium and won the half marathon

It’s been an amazing 12 years of doing these events – thank you everyone who helps, and we look forward to more record breaking later this month.

Animated Tiree!

Tiree gets animated next week with a packed schedule of events, thanks to support from Into Film, Aardman Animations and the Tiree Community Development Trust.

We are so excited to welcome Jim Parkyn, one of Aardman’s senior model makers, who has worked on many of the Aardman Animations including Shaun the Sheep Movie, Chicken Run, The Pirates, Creature Comforts and Timmy Time. He will be coming up from Bristol where Aardman Animations are based and have been making animations for the last 45 years.

Jim will spend the day at Tiree High School on Tuesday 21st March speaking to young people from age 3 years up. As well as watching some of the classics there will be talks on careers, how animation works, a chance to make a Morph and pupils will have the opportunity to make their own animations.

Jim is also running a special FREE workshop for adults on Wednesday 22nd March at An Talla, 1.30pm – 3pm, where you can make your own Morph.

Jack Lockhart will be working with various youth groups over the week to make animations that can be entered into a competition run by Into Film: The Animation Challenge https://www.intofilm.org/competitions

We are delighted to welcome the Screen Machine back to Tiree. As well as screening La La Land and Eagle Huntress there will be animation to admire in The Lego Batman Movie and the special effects used in Rogue One. Jim will introduce a couple of Aardman Classics on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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