Now that our clocks, watches and devices show Greenwich Mean Time – and we slip into the shorter days of winter – it is always good to be reminded that we still occasionally get beautiful, bright sunny days to lift the spirits. We’ve had a few recently – and it looks like we may be in for a few more this week. The low winter light creates wonderful shadows, textures and patterns along the beach – over the rocks and sand – and across the water. It’s a real pleasure to walk along the beach as the sun lowers in the sky and the shadows lengthen.
After a very stormy week with high winds and lashing rain – a harbinger of the winter to come – we’ve had a glorious weekend of clear skies and no wind. Severe and ever changing weather is something which is very common on the island – something everyone expects and gets used to. Ironically, during this spell of calm weather and flat seas the island is awash with ‘sailors’ who will be taking part in the Tiree Wave Classic.
We have the most amazing night skies here on the island. Although Balevullin has been dedicated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site because of its is easy accessibility, the skies above the cottage are magnificent. Depending on when you visit you will see clear views of The Milky Way, various constellations, star clusters such as Orion, meteor showers or, if you’re lucky, the Aurora Borealis. Because the island has no street lights, is sparsely populated, has few cars and no other man made light sources – we probably have some of the best skies in the country for star gazing.