Tag Archives: tourism

Tiree To Glasgow Flights Every Day

Tiree is to get an air service fit for the 21st century as the Scottish Government promises that two, rather than just one flight per day will extend over the next four years.

Dr. John Holliday, the island’s GP and Convenor of the Tiree Community Council said, “This is great news for Tiree! The extra flights will provide a step change in transport to the island, and will be a major boost to Tiree’s fragile economy. They will also be a considerable help for those needing to leave the island for specialist medical attention. “

Last November islanders voiced grave concerns about the lack of capacity on the air link between Tiree and Glasgow, particularly in summer months when increasing numbers of tourists travelled to the island. Islanders, who turned up in force to a public meeting with Transport Scotland last November, demanded a better air service which would cope both with tourism and increasing demand from local residents. Some islanders were having difficulty getting to Glasgow by air for hospital appointments and vital treatments, including cancer care.

Derek Mackay, Scottish Government Minister for Transport and the Islands and Islands, has now confirmed that the minimum specifications of the Public Service Obligation (PSO) for the Glasgow to Tiree air service from October shall guarantee two flights a day Monday to Saturday all year around and a dedicated Sunday flight all year around, a significant improvement on the existing PSO specification for Tiree. Mr. MacKay said, “These air links are vital to the local economies of Campbeltown, Tiree and Barra and I want to make sure they are delivering the best service possible for the communities they serve.” He went on, “We are committed to supporting our remote communities and these improved air links will help do that”.

Tiree Community Council Vice Convener John MacCaskill added, “The Scottish Government listened to the Tiree community’s concerns and they are now delivering an air-service fit for the 21st Century for what is a remote and isolated Inner Hebrides isle. This will make a big difference to the social and economic development of Tiree. We were due to get a better service for this summer to cope with demand, but we now have an air service fit for purpose which has been extended for the next four years.”

The full details of the PSO Tendering Document for the communities of Barra, Campbeltown and Tiree will be released to the air industry on Tuesday 7th April 2015. The airline awarded the new PSO will run the air services to Glasgow from late October till the autumn 2019.

The hope now for the Tiree Community is that the airline awarded the new PSO will offer an early morning and late afternoon air service to Glasgow, particularly on weekdays, to maximise the potential of the much improved life-line air service.

From Russia With Love For Wind, Sea and Sand

Russian surfersTwo young Russian women have been telling how they flew from their home city of Moscow to take lessons in surfing on Tiree.

The women. both in their early thirties, have been staying in the Millhouse Hostel while receiving instruction from the staff of surfing firm Wild Diamond. Anastasia Poganova and Alevtina Balushkina, left for home yesterday after spending two weeks on Tiree, but they vowed they would be back.

Said Alevtina who speaks excellent English: ”Apart from the beauty of the island the main attraction is the people who are so friendly and welcoming. ‘We both have had a wonderful time here and we plan to come back soon on our holidays again. Apart from learning to surf on different beautiful beaches we did a lot of walking. It is so safe to walk here and so pleasant to meet the local residents.”We went to the Church of Scotland and met Elspeth the lady minister and everyone was so friendly. We attended a wedding in the church and we had dinner in someone’s home after being invited. ”

Anastasia, an accountant with a big firm in Moscow, who surfed in Portugal last year, said, ”I felt that I needed more lessons to upgrade my standard and taking lessons here was ideal. Although the water in Portugal is warm compared to Tiree we were supplied with wet suits and that kept us snug and warm. We both have had a wonderful time.”

Alevtina, whose father worked in Russia’s oil industry before retiring to a cottage in the country outside Moscow, lived with her family in Siberia from the age of six until she left age 16 to go to university in England. She is now manager of a large firm based in Moscow. She said “People keep telling me about the long hard winters here on Tiree – but in Siberia winter lasts for nine months – and has sub zero temperatures”

Story and image by Ian Sharp

Hebridean Air responds to customer feedback

Hebridean Air

As a result of customer feedback, we are making some exciting alterations and additions to our Timetable. We are offering a new service, special fares and a new website online booking service, with these changes taking effect from the 1st June.

We are pleased to be introducing a Tuesday and Thursday day return service from Oban and Colonsay to Islay. The aircraft will depart Oban at 0805, routing through Colonsay to Islay.

This will give Colonsay residents the opportunity of flying to Islay to connect with the FlyBe service to Glasgow.
Islay residents will also have the availability of a day return sevice to Oban departing Islay at 0930 and departing Oban for Islay at 1510.

Passengers intending to use the Air Service at Islay, should use the long term car park, available free of charge, where there is located a portakabin for the use of Hebridean Air Services passengers. This is to ensure that passengers on the Glasgow services are segregated from those travelling to or from Oban and Colonsay. Passengers can still use the terminal for connections and facilities such as refreshments and car hire. We hope that this long awaited innovation gets the support of both business and leisure users and becomes a well used part of the local transport infrastructure.

We are also pleased to announce a trial of a weekend special return between Oban and Colonsay, and Oban and Coll. These flights will depart on a Friday and Sunday afternoon, and all seats will have a weekend special fare of £40 single.

We are offering reduced fares on all routes. Passengers will have the option of booking an Early Bird fare online, where we are offering a limited number of seats on every flight at a lower fare.

All of the new services and fares are available on our web booking service, which will come into effect at the end of May at www.hebrideanair.com

We hope these changes reflect the needs of our customers, and that they will continue to give us their valuable support and feedback