Welcome to Tiree Airport
The most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides
Tiree, known as the sunniest place in Britain, is a haven for wind surfers, with wide golden beaches and rolling waves from the Atlantic – the Tiree Wave Classic takes place every year in October attracting a worldwide audience. The island has a strong Gaelic heritage and the language can often be heard at some of the impromptu ceilidhs on the island.
Despite the remoteness of the island, Tiree is easily accessible from Glasgow with regular flights landing at its airport. From Tiree airport you can also fly on to Oban or Coll to enjoy more of the great local scenery and activities.
Tiree is only 10 miles long and five miles wide with no woodland and three sizeable hills so there is nothing to obscure your view and the only sounds you are likely to hear are the waves lapping on the vast expanse of white sands and the myriad of bird calls. In Gaelic it is known as Tir-lodh – the land of corn.
There is something for all visitors young and old on Tiree from the beaches offering great paddling pools, and windsurfing for the more adventurous to its history and architecture with stories of bygone ages to great wildlife and birds and for those who love to walk then this could be place for you!
For those who love golf, there is a challenging golf course at Vaul which is only two miles from Scarinish and green fees are around £10 for a day. The Wild Diamond Surf School offers access to windsurfing, surfing, kite surfing and kayaking for those wishing to try these activities for the first time or for the seasoned pro.
Steeped in history and local culture, there are several interesting archaeological remains on the island including a 30 foot-diameter broch at Vaul Bay, with walls 12 foot thick. In the Kilkenneth, there are the ruins of the Chapel of St Kenneth, who was one of the followers of Saint Columba.
Other great places to visit include:
- Skerryvore Lighthouse Museum at the old Signal Tower at Hynish run by the Hebridean Trust
- An Iodhlaan houses Tiree’s historical archives and is situated in Scarinish
- At Crosspool you will find the Rural Centre offering an exhibition on crofting and the environment on the island
- Atlantic Art House at the Old Harbour in Scarinish – the Art House exhibits fine art and crafts from artists resident in the Western Isles
- Beachcomber, at Kenovay, sells a range of crafts and gifts, and has a paint-your-own pottery studio – ideal for a rany day
- Blue Beyond at Balemartine has paintings, pottery and textiles inspired by the Hebrides
- Chocolate and Charms in Heylipol sells handmade chocolates and handcrafted jewellery – all made on the island
- Patricia Sharp Studio Gallery in Caolis – artist Patricia Sharp works mainly in gouache and oils
- Tiree Glass Art Gallery & Studio in Balinoe – glass artist Frances Woodhead creates visual art using vibrant glass sheets from recycled bottles and windows
- Tyrii Pottery at Baugh sells beautiful hand-painted pottery, inspired by Tiree’s varied wildlife
- For some of the best bird life on the island two of the best locations are Loch Bhasapoll and a cave on the coast at Kenavara
The main town on the island is Scarinish and visitors can find most local amenities here including a supermarket, bank, post office gift shop, garage and police station.
You can also venture further afield to the Island of Coll or to the busy bustling town of Oban – the unofficial capital of the West Highlands. For more information on the area, please visitwww.isleoftiree.com.