Associated People: MacKechnie, Mr Angus, Crossapol


CD collection of 39 colour photographs from a journey of the Ring & Ride bus through Scarinish, Crossapol and Hynish, stopping at the Coop to take folk shopping, and at the airport to pick up passengers. Taken by Brian Milne, Scarinish, around 2000.


Angus MacKechnie talking about mischief at school

Sound clip in English of Angus MacKechnie talking about the mischief he and his friends got up to on the way to Heylipol School in the 1950s and 60s.

Courtesy of Mr Angus MacKechnie

Angus MacKechnie of Crossapol was recorded talking to Maggie Campbell of Kilmoluaig in October 2005 about his schooldays. He was strapped at school, deservedly so according to himself, for breaking the ceramic insulators on the telegraph poles on the road to Heylipol School.

This was a popular sport amongst schoolchildren, in Ruaig as well as Heylipol, and required accuracy in throwing stones. A boy’s reputation depended upon success, especially if the girls, who were guilty of the same activity, scored a direct hit.

Today Angus and his wife Nancy run one of the two school buses on the island and the popular Ring ‘n’ Ride service which provides transport on request. Angus also works crofts in Crossapol, Heylipol and Moss.


Audio cassette recording of Angus MacKechnie of Crossapol talking to Maggie Campbell in December 1999.

Angus MacKechnie of Crossapol talks to Maggie Campbell in December 1999 about starting work at Edinburgh Airport fire service in 1968, returning to Tiree in 1971 when a qualified fire-fighter, the first flights from the Reef in the 1930s, the construction of Tiree airport during WWII, the people who worked at the airport, the many jobs fire-fighters were expected to do, the regular pilots, air ambulance procedures, Met Station reports, compulsory courses and air crash simulations, various stories about passenger flights and the differences between working at Tiree and Edinburgh airports.