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‘The land beneath the waves’, this low lying sandy island is the sunniest spot in Britain during the summer and the windiest place year round. The old houses here, that are still lived in, were built to withstand the wind, with a low profile and thick walls.

Tiree is famous for its many and varied beaches. So whatever the way the wind is blowing you will always find a sheltered shore. If you are looking for wind the opposite applies. This is one of the reasons the island is a haven for windsurfers.

Rich in wildlife, Tiree is a good place to hear the rasping call of the rare corncrake. It is one of the few if not the only island in Scotland to have no rabbits and plenty of brown hares. Two hares were introduced in 1785 and have flourished ever since.

The main village and ferry terminal is at Scarinish. There was once another significant harbour at Hynish on the south end of the island. This was a busy place, it was the main shore station used in the construction of the Skerryvore Lighthouse between 1838 and 1844. Many men worked here dressing stones that had been shipped over from Mull before being moved on to the Skerryvore reef 12 miles off shore.

Ferry from Oban

Find out more on Tiree from Wikipedia

Accommodation in Tiree:

Isle of Tiree »

White buildings in a long and horizontal bright green setting is the characteristic image of Tiree.

Hynish »

This fascinating collection of buildings, with a pier, dock and signal-tower, was the base from which the Skerryvore Lighthouse was built between 1835 and 1844. Small heritage centre.