About The Isle of Tiree
What’s this attraction all about?
The Isle of Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides, and although small at only 20 square miles, it has become increasingly popular with tourists thanks to its golden sandy beaches and shallow bays of crystal clear water.
This low-lying island has a small population of around 600 residents but this number increases significantly in summer when tourists flock to the island to enjoy its many beautiful beaches and its peaceful setting. The weather in Tiree can be changeable but the island enjoys a relatively high number of total hours of sunshine during the late spring and early summer compared to the average for the United Kingdom, although strong winds can be felt throughout the year.Read more...
What can you do there?
Sometimes called ‘The Hawaii of the north’, the Isle of Tiree is a popular windsurfing venue and the longest-running windsurfing competition in the world, the Tiree Wave Classic, is held on the island every year in October. The event showcases some of the best windsurfing talent in the world and is an opportunity for spectators to enjoy surf culture as well as watch this exciting sport up close.
Another big event held on the island is the annual Tiree Music Festival which features the cream of Scottish folk and rock music performers across three days of fun, food and music. The event has been steadily increasing in size since its creation in 2010 and now attracts around 2000 eager music fans to this intimate festival, in fact, it’s been doing so well that it’s already won 9 national awards, including the Best Scottish Small Event award for three years.
This family-friendly little island offers plenty of activities for young and old alike, with miles and miles of golden beaches just aching to be explored and plenty of rock pools, wildlife and azure-blue waters keeping nature-lovers engrossed for many hours. There’s lots to explore here as well, including the local history museum in the island’s main village of Scarinish and the Skerryvore Lighthouse Museum, while natural wonders including Fingals cave and the Ringing Stone offer some lovely excursions into the remote wildness of the isle.
Access to Tiree is well catered for thanks to the small airport and the regular Calmac ferry crossings, although accommodation can be hard to find during peak times so it’s recommended to book well in advance.
What I liked about this attraction
- Beautiful, wide-open, sandy beaches
- It’s very quiet and peaceful
- …Apart from the music festival!
What I didn’t like about this attraction
- It’s really windy almost all the time
- The weather can be a bit hit or miss whatever time of year (like most of Scotland)
The Isle of Tiree can be visited by air and by sea.
For airfares and times, contact Flybe
For ferry prices and times contact Caledonian MacBrayne
Website: Isle of Tiree
Craig Smith is your guide to the best attractions in Scotland. He loves exploring the Scottish wilds and is happiest when he’s knee-deep in a muddy bog in the middle of nowhere.