Milton Harbour on Tiree (Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/macjewell/4945554726/)

Milton Harbour on Tiree

Tiree is off the Western coast of Scotland, part of the Inner Hebrides. It is positioned South West of Coll and West of the much larger island of Mull, so is the most Westerly of the Inner Hebridean islands.

What’s Tiree Like?

This gorgeous island, with a reputation for some of the sunniest weather in the British Isles, doesn’t just benefit from the Gulf Stream, it also is framed by around 46 miles of wonderful beaches, and is mainly flat and low lying (though there are a couple of hills – Ben Hough and Ben Hynish). It can be a windy island, owing its the exposure to the North Atlantic, but gets almost no frost, making it fertile, green and an all-year-round holiday destination.

The island has two hotels, plenty of shops, cafes and craft outlets. Interestingly, the island is also home to some twelve or so traditional thatched cottages called Tiree Blackhouses.

Features of Tiree

For life outdoors, Tiree is a delight, providing clean sands for walking, wildlife watching and for the Tiree Wave Classic – a 6-day annual windsurfing event.

Culturally, Tiree is also worth a visit as it hosts the annual Tiree Music Festival. This was awarded the title of “Best Small Festival in Scotland” for both 2012 and 2013. Their website at

will tell you more, but don’t forget that once you’ve booked tickets with them, book accommodation here – we understand that not everyone likes to, or is able to, camp.

Tiree is historically interesting too as Columba created a monastery here, and Vikings also settled the island. The carved Ringing Stone, on the North West of Tiree is a large balancing boulder with megalithic style markings which sounds metallic when hit. As this boulder consists of rock not found on Tiree, folk lore says it was thrown from Mull by a giant, but geographically it is likely that the Ringing Stone was carried over from Rhum during ice age rock movements.

Signs of the old kelp industry (which began in the 18th century) can be seen by Ceann a' Bharra and to the West of the beach at Balevullin.

How to get to Tiree

Tiree airport schedules regular flights to Glasgow, Coll, Oban, and elsewhere, though Glasgow flights tend not to run on Sundays. The usual car hire and airport facilities are available. However, the Oban ferry is the usual method of getting to Tiree. The journey takes about four hours and docks at Gott Bay, near Scarinish on the East of the island.

Where to stay in Tiree

For a break in the Outer Hebrides, why not check out our accommodation options. Travel between the islands by ferry can be incorporated into the enjoyment of your holiday, making a stay in the islands even more enjoyable.