34 times there and back.

Since Fiona our eldest was 10 months old we’ve ventured north each year the 230 miles to Tigh-na-Cloinne. The aptly named “House of Children” was indeed a school until the 1950’s when it was bought by the Mason family.

Through an introduction to Donald Mason in 1972 it’s been a long holiday or a short stay for The Downie family over and over and over again.

Perched on the edge of the Atlantic (you can actually throw stones into it from the front door) in the village of Altandhu, it is set in what is probably one of the last wild unspoilt parts of Europe.

Great weather, contrary to belief, does indeed happen here every now and then. This year being “Scorchio”.


The Tigh.


Stac Pollaigh uncovered.


Ruby tries to catch a flying fish.


Moo takes a dip.


Stu takes a bigger dip.


The Summer Isles looking.. emm, summery.


Al fresco painting.


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