The Isle of Tiree

Isle of Tiree seascape imageI think that If I had visited the Isle of Tiree when I was 20 I might never have left. There is something so beautiful about the simplicity of the island that I just adore. The parking for a beach is generally a sign pointing to a piece of grass, the police station is a house overlooking the sea with a chicken run. The population of cows and sheep definitely overtakes people and I have still to find a petrol station.

There's a sense of freedom of life, a lack of rules maybe and a simple life by the water's edge. Most of the accommodation on the island is self-catering houses with the exception of a couple of hotels. We stayed at Dorinda’s Art House Annex which was basic accommodation in a charming location. Anywhere you stay on Tiree, you are pretty much guaranteed peace and quiet and your own beach on your doorstep. If you are travelling in a campervan or caravan though, you need to book in with the local ranger in advance.
Tiree has been called the Hawaii of the North because of the number of hours of sunshine it gets. And because it is basically a surfers' paradise. Uncrowded beaches, fabulous waves and white sandy beaches, it is simply perfect for windsurfers and surfers.windsurfing on the Isle of Tiree

There are two watersports schools here, Blackhouse Watersports and Wild Diamond. Blackhouse can be found in a small beach hut on Balevullin beach. Wild Diamond has a shop in Cornaig and offers windsurfing, kite-surfing, surfing and SUP instruction. They also run the yearly Tiree Wave Classic which we had the good fortune of seeing whilst we were on the island.

I could only stay 2 days on this occasion as the ferries were very full so next time I will be back for a week and some more in-depth reviews of what the island has to offer...

Overhead image of a beach on the isle of Tiree self catering accommodation on tiree


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