Scarinish in the snow
Photograph of snow in Scarinish in December 2000.
Courtesy of Danny Lapsley
This photograph was taken by Tiree’s policeman Danny Lapsley from the front of the Police Station in Scarinish during the last week of December 2000. Not since 1953 had Tiree experienced such a heavy fall of snow.
Many roads were blocked for several days; the ice and the lack of salt made for treacherous driving conditions on the few roads that were open. Snow drifts closed the runways at the airport which, together with the planned holiday cancellations, resulted in one of the longest known periods without a service aircraft.
The island’s children took full advantage of the weather to build snowmen and indulge in snowball fights. Normally falls of snow are light and melt away within a few hours.
Colour photograph of Scarinish in the snow in 2000.
Scarinish in the snow in December 2000 viewed from the police station.