Ah, stunning Tiree, known as one of the sunniest places in the UK, with an almost constant sea breeze creating some fantastic waves for watersports. Tiree is rich in wildlife – particularly the enigmatic corncrake, now absent from much of the countryside.
Ask an Islander
Islander John Bowler told us why he loves May and June on Tiree so much. “While Tiree is great all year-round, May and June are probably my favourite months: the machair starts springing into life once more and the island resounds to the sounds of newly-born lambs, calves, breeding waders and corncrakes.”
Being an island, John tells us that “The local shellfish is not to missed”, and as the island is dotted with crofts, “the lamb, mutton and beef raised on the island’s bio-diverse grasslands are unmissable. There are also outlets for coffee, Tiree chocolate, Tiree tea and Tiree gin, among many others.”
Wildlife-rich Tiree is a fantastic place to spot many different species on sea and land, as John explains. “There’s feeding flocks of seabirds offshore, shorebirds on the beach and if you are lucky, maybe spotting an otter, dolphin or basking shark.”
But, John’s favourite thing about island life is “the Gaelic culture, traditional music and being part of a close-knit community on a beautiful, safe and friendly island.”
Gaelic / Gàidhlig
The Gaelic name for Tiree is Tiriodh.
Want to say ‘cheerio’ to someone in Gaelic? That’s ‘tìoraidh‘!
CalMac Ferries operates regular sailings between Tiree and Oban on the mainland. Some ferries travel via Coll.
Loganair operates daily flights between Tiree and Glasgow.
Hebridean Air Services operates flights between Tiree and Oban Airport on the mainland. Some flights travel via Coll.
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