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High tide - Click to enlarge!
April 2006

Dunes & beach - Click to enlarge!
Dunes & beach
April 2006


Flowers on the Machair - Click to enlarge!
Flowers on the Machair
June 2005

Sunset over Barra - Click to enlarge!
July 2006 sunset over Barra

Clansman en route to Barra - Click to enlarge!
October 2004.
'Clansman' en route to Barra.
Faint rainbow appears among the showers.

Caoles, Tiree - Click to enlarge!
April 2005

Caolas, Tiree - Click to enlarge!
March 2005

Mull from Caoles - Click to enlarge!
Distant Isle of Mull from Caoles
March 2005

Rainbow - Click to enlarge!
Rainbow over Mull - May 2006

White beaches - Click to enlarge!
White beaches - May 2006

High tide - Click to enlarge!
April 2006

High tide - Click to enlarge!
April 2006

Horses - Click to enlarge!
July 2005

Moonrise over Gunna - Click to enlarge!
Moonrise over Gunna
December 2005

Caoles is a crofting community at the extreme north-east corner of Tiree. Caolas is the Gaelic word for 'strait' which relates to the narrow stretch of sea, the Gunna Sound, across to the small island of Gunna and the Isle of Coll beyond. The island of Gunna is only about 70ha in size, reaches an altitude of 35m and there is only one house on the island - the owner's holiday residence.

During summer, the Thursday CalMac ferry makes a return trip to the Isle of Barra before returning to Oban in the evening. Watching the ferry pass through the Gunna Sound is a worthwhile spectacle. Distant mainland Scotland and Ardnamurchan can be seen between Coll and Mull.

This is a good stretch of coast to watch seals from and if you are lucky, otters, dolphins, basking sharks or whales can be spotted. If your lucky, you might even take their photographs!

The Bard MacLean / Am Bàrd MacGilleathain, renowned Gaelic poet John MacLean was born at Caolas on 8th January 1787. In 1819 he emigrated to Canada.

In World War 1, Tiree was served by a weekly boat, the Plover. She was attacked in July 1918 in Gunna Sound while on route to Barra by a German U-Boat. Fortunately there was no loss of life. The Plover had been fitted with a single gun for protection and 'saw off' the submarine before completing its crossing to Barra.

The Gunna Sound has proven a hazardous passage to shipping. The Nessmore, bound for Montreal, hit rocks and broke up off Coll in 1885. In 1917 the coal ship Hurford hit rocks and sunk. In 1945 the supply ship Hebrides, serving the base on Tiree, also hit rocks but was towed to Gott Bay.

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