The Isle of Tiree is the outer most of the inner Hebrides. The island is low lying with beautiful wide horizons. Tiree is one of the sunniest places in Britain often achieving the UK record for the longest hours of sunshine in one day. The moderating influence of the Gulf Stream means that winter temperatures are higher than on the mainland and frosts are rare. Tiree is also one of the windiest places in the UK making it an excellent destination for wind and kite surfing.
The majority of the land on Tiree is farmed in small Crofts. This traditional agriculture means that the island is a haven for wildlife, and during the months of May and June the ‘machair’ (grazed grassland) is a carpet of white and yellow wildflowers.
Things to do…
Walking & beach combing
With 16 beaches Tiree is ideal for beach combing and exploring the coastline. There are also three hills on the island which provide interesting walks with stunning views of Tiree and neighbouring hebridean islands. Cattle and sheep graze freely across the island and so dogs should be kept on a lead.
Bird watching & wildlife
Tiree is an excellent destination for bird watching with many waterbirds and waders displaying. The island also has the UK’s largest number of breeding Corncrake. In winter the island is an internationally important haven for barnacle and white fronted geese and whooper swans. Enthusiastic bird watchers may also spot rarities on migration from continental Europe and North America in spring and autumn.
As well as the many bird species Tiree is also home to many brown hares, and otters can sometimes be seen on the coasts and lochs. Grey and common seals, porpoises, dolphins and minke whales are attracted to the rich coastal waters each summer and basking sharks can also be spotted.
Windsurfing and water sports
Tiree is a favoured destination for windsurfers both novice and expert. Windsurfing lessons are available on Loch Bhasapol and equipment is available for hire. The Tiree Wave Classic national windsurfing championship is held on the island each October. Other water sports on the island include Surfing, Kite Surfing, Paddle Boarding, Sand Yachting and Sea Kayaking.
Find out more
For more information about what Tiree has to offer visit the Discover Tiree website www.isleoftiree.com