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Isle of Tiree Holiday Guide - Scotland

White buildings in a long and horizontal bright green setting is the characteristic image of Tiree, an island enjoyed by birdwatchers, botanists and surfing enthusiasts in particular.

The dunes and machair are bright with wildflowers in spring, and the lush sward a noted haunt of the corncrake, a shy summer resident. Its persistent call is the very essence of the Hebridean outdoors, where non-intensive agricultural practices ensure its survival.

Tiree is a place where the elements are inescapable – especially the wind, hence the low-profile thick-walled look of the surviving traditional dwellings. Culturally, Gaelic is still spoken by around half the island population (of c750). See the listings for Hynish, Nature Reserves in Argyll & Bute and Ferries.