Sunday, May 06, 2007

Tiree ( memories of the past )

Compair this picture to the black and white one below to se how many aditional rooms have been aded to the Scarnish Hotel (The Lean To)

Scotland in Pictures
Tiree ( past & present )
Scarnish Harbour 2007
top pictures showing the Mary Stewart in her final place, the bottom pictures taken when the Mary Stewart was in her prime.

Mary Stewart 2007 M. Sweeny
Top pictures show what is left of the Mary Stewart after around 87 years of being battered by wind and waves.

Courtesy of Mr Angus Munn
This photograph taken in the 1920s or 1930s shows the 'Mary Stewart' in Scarinish harbour with the Temperance Hotel on the right and MacArthurs' general store on the left. Built by Barclay in Ardrossan in 1868, the sixty-four foot long 'Mary Stewart' was rigged as double-topsail schooner and had a tonnage of sixty-five.Originally trading on the Irish coast, she was bought in 1908 for Donald MacLean of Scarinish by his relation, Dugald MacKinnon. Dugald was known as Dùghall an Òir (Dugald of the gold) because he had had been successful in the Australian Gold Rush.Donald MacLean, with his sons as crew, traded up and down the West Coast of Scotland carrying coal and other cargo until the late 1930s when steam superseded sail. The remains of the 'Mary Stewart' can still be seen in Scarinish harbour.

Courtesy of Mrs Netta Martin
Taken in the early 1930s, this view of Scarinish harbour shows the topsail schooner 'Mary Stewart' in her final resting place. For the previous thirty years she had traded up and down the west coast carrying coal and other cargo.Also anchored in the harbour are two lobster boats. Commercial lobster fishing began on Tiree after 1880 when the railway to Oban was opened, allowing shellfish to be sent live to the London markets for the first time.Said to have been originally built as a church, the building in the background was used as a store by the owners of the 'Mary Stewart'. It was pulled down to make the road to the pier during World War II.

Tiree April 2007

The land below the waves

Arriving at Oban the first thing you see, the Clansman ferry destination Tiree
This mighty vessel my escape from the rat race, cuts through black waters at a leisurely pace
Nothing behind us but a trail of white foam, and memories of loved ones we left at home
Oban gets smaller as it fades from our sight, in the wind and the cloud and the rain
On the port side majestic and proud, stands the family home of McLean

Castle Duart rises up from the shore, a fortress from days long ago
As if to guard the sound of mull, distinguishing friend from foe
Flanked by a lighthouse on the opposite shore, painted in brilliant white
Linsmore shines over the sound, guiding the ships throughout the night

Passed Tobermory we are clear of the sound and sailing on the high sea
A stop at Coll and we are on our way to the beautiful isle of Tiree
The captain announces arrival at Coll as passengers disembark
With new arrivals two by two, reminisant of Noah’s ark

The car deck closed and the mooring ropes in, the Clansman’s is out once more
The next thing we see is a house painted pink that guides us into the shore
We land at Scarnish the sun splits the skies, and the sea turns to azure blue
Full of excitement we get of the boat, and head strait for the Lean To

With a warm welcome and an open fire we drank a few golden nips
We looked out the window across at the bay and gazed at all the old the ships
This beautiful island like a picture post card never fails to amaze
This is the island of Tiree
The land below the waves

Martin Sweeny Livingston, West Lothian, United Kingdom - 27 April 2004

The Lord of the Isles Tiree harbour

The Island of Mull

Lismore Lighthouse Sound of Mull

Oban from the Lord of the Isles

Fishing boat Tiree

Scarnish Hotel Tiree

Thatched Cotages Tiree

Sunset Scarnish Harbour Tiree

Mary Stewart Scarnish Tiree

Scotland in Pictures


The bottom picture shows the wreck of the Mary Stewart in Scarnish harbour, she has company now with the other vessel at the back of the picture being left to suffer the same fate.