Frazer, Tiree Sea Tours
How have you (your business) gone the extra mile during lockdown or post-lockdown?
Lockdown has really given us the chance to look at the long-term picture and how we can begin venturing into new territories, especially with the foreign visitors. Since starting up again my phone never stops ringing, it’s been the busiest August we’ve had and we’re also looking at opening our gift shop in Tiree airport in the next few weeks.
What have you missed most about not being open over the last three months?
Well the obvious answer would be income for us but you make friends on the job who you’re able to have a laugh and bit of banter with, it’s been tough missing out on that.
What have you learned about your community during this time?
Although coronavirus has had such a knock-on affect for everyone, it has brought our community together more now than ever, and made people really realise how much we need to value the tourism industry and the revenue it brings to our island.
What do you love most about living and working here?
The work/play balance here is ideal for me, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else and am now getting to raise my two younger kids here.
Any special stories about someone or a business in your area that has gone that extra mile during lockdown that makes you smile?
Andy, the manager at our local Co-op, has been working tirelessly all throughout lockdown and also the medical teams of course. There’s been a lot of people who were volunteering to make medical equipment, such as masks, and fundraising for different causes affected by Covid-19.
Your favourite hidden secret spot or activity in Argyll and the Isles?
A place that not many people are aware of is The Dutchmanscap, it’s a remote island next to the puffin colonies. Whenever I want to relax or get away, I take the boat out and sit amongst it all.
Gunna Sound is a perfect spot for going basking shark watching, they tend to come up from August onwards for a number of weeks.
Three words to sum up how you're feeling now that we're out of lockdown?
Excited, relieved and optimistic.