Isle of Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides.
It is relatively small - about twelve miles long and three miles
wide - and very flat. Although the name means 'the land of corn'
it has been described variously as 'a raised beach' and 'the land
below the waves'.
island has a benign climate with some of the highest levels of sunshine
recorded anywhere in the British Isles. It benefits from the moderating
of the Gulf Stream ensuring that frost in the winter is
rare and evenings in
mid-summer are warm and balmy.
is exposed to the Atlantic - and has the reputation of often being
extremely windy. Prolonged spells of strong winds are unusual between
May and August and the strongest winds normally occur in December
1883, George, eighth Duke of Argyll wrote that the climate was "far
better than that of the mainland. There is much less rain, the rainfall
scarcely exceeding the average of from 35 to 40 inches. I fully
expect that 'far on in summers I shall not see' the island of Tiree
will be a great resort of health. Its strong yet soft sea-air -
its comparative dryness - its fragrant turf, full of wild thyme
and clover - its miles of pure white sandy bays, equally pleasant
for riding, driving, or walking, or for sea-bathing - and last,
not least, its unrivalled expanses for the game of golf - all combine
to render it most attractive and wholesome in the summer months.
My own tastes would lead me to add as a special recommendation its
wealth of sky ringing with the song of skylarks, which are extraordinarily
that time the island has lost none of its charms.
the island was described by Helen Story in her article ETHICA as
'an enchanted island ... we are dreaming away the golden days where
there are neither hills nor trees nor anything sensational to catch
the eye. The sea rolls on in miles and miles of sandy bays with
opalescent reflections in its pools and shallows.
The sky stretches
from horizon to horizon, with an ever changing panorama of clouds,
great banks of heavy cumulus, long, bright rows of sun-kissed cirrus,
mares' tails frisking before the wind, little dappled clouds all
over with the blue peeping through. And when the sun drops towards
the west a gorgeous transformation scene takes place, with a light
that never was on sea or land. The sky changes to orange, gold,
rose, the clouds above are crimson in the setting sun, while to
the east the hills of Mull stand out amethyst against a background
of pale primrose, their hollows just touched with the gleam of gold.
Rhum and Skye seem towering to heaven, and in the far south Jura,
and in the far north Uist, lie soft like pale blue pearls.'
the island still has a unique charm which draws those who seek peace
and tranquility. It is a haven for all who have an interest in flora
and fauna, ornithology, history, geology and sport. It is also rightly
regarded by those who experience the tranquility of Tiree as a 'peaceful
place' - somewhere to relax and enjoy the wonderful beauty of nature.
is a regular air services operated by Flybe from
Glasgow and by Hebridean
Air Services from Oban. These services operate to the island throughout the year. Caledonian MacBrayne
run a regular ferry service from Oban with seven crossings
each week in the summer and five in the winter.
are guaranteed a warm welcome once you arrive on the island and
there is a wide variety of very comfortable accommodation available
to the visitor.
Tiree Community Website www.isleoftiree.com/
An Iodhlann www.aniodhlann.org.uk
Tiree Community Development Trust www.tireetrust.org.uk/
Dorinda Johnson www.dorindajohnson.co.uk/
Wild Diamond www.surfschoolscotland.co.uk/
Chocolate and Charms www.chocolatesandcharms.co.uk/
Tiree Images www.tireeimages.com/
Hebridean Trust www.hebrideantrust.org/
Tiree Fitness Solutions www.tireefitness.co.uk
Patricia Sharp Studio Gallery www.patriciasharpart.com/
Tiree Glass www.tireeglass.co.uk/
Caledonian MacBrayne www.calmac.co.uk/
Hebridean Air Services www.hebrideanair.co.uk/
Tiree Airport www.hial.co.uk/
Visitor information including current accommodation is available from the community website www.isleoftiree.com/
Places we have stayed in the Oban area and which we recommend:
Lochvoil House / Oban www.lochvoilhouse.co.uk/
Braeside Guest House / Kilmore / Oban www.braeside.net/
Thornloe Guest House / Oban www.thornloeoban.co.uk
Ronebhal Guest House / Connel www.ronebhal.co.uk/
Places we have stayed in Scotland and which we recommend:
Ewich House / Crainlarich www.ewich.co.uk/
Craigatin House / Pitlochry www.craigatinhouse.co.uk/