City woman praises Tiree as the ‘friendli­est’ is­land

The Oban Times - - News - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­

A WOMAN from Ed­in­burgh has writ­ten to the Oban Times to de­clare her love for Tiree, say­ing the is­lan­ders must be the ‘friendli­est in the world’.

Angie MacLeod, who is phys­i­cally dis­abled, said as she was on the is­land with­out trans­port, she hitched for the first time in her life.

Dur­ing her trav­els, she said she met peo­ple and heard sto­ries she will cher­ish for­ever: ‘I’ve been to many of the He­bridean is­lands, but Tiree is with­out doubt one of the most beau­ti­ful and friendli­est.

‘It’s got ev­ery­thing you hope an is­land to be in Scot­land, many stun­ning beaches - all mag­i­cal in their own way, swathes of the most beau­ti­ful wild flow­ers and the ex­cite­ment of watch­ing kite surfers, wind surfers, kayak­ers and oth­ers who con­nect with the sea in a most ex­hil­a­rat­ing way.

‘I can’t do wa­ter sports be­cause I have a phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity, but I came away from Ed­in­burgh to read, write, seek some sort of so­lace and meet in­ter­est­ing peo­ple on the way.

‘What I didn’t ex­pect was how I man­aged to get to do some of these things. I hitched. Ev­ery car with spare space picked me up.

‘I met An­drew who took me around much of the is­land to ‘Blue Be­yond’, a stun­ning gallery of pic­tures and pot­tery.

‘I was also helped by peo­ple from Hynish and Vaul Bay and some cou­ples and fam­i­lies en­joy­ing their sum­mer hol­i­day on the way.’

Peo­ple stay­ing at the is­land hos­tel also ral­lied to make Angie’s hol­i­day truly mem­o­rable.

She con­tin­ued: ‘They took me around the is­land too, and to Tiree Pot­tery where I man­aged to pick up a few unique and beau­ti­ful items.

‘Tiree is with­out doubt my favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion and I’d like to thank ev­ery­one on Tiree for mak­ing it so.’

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