The Green - TireeHebrides and Tiree



Anyone familiar with weather forecasts will have heard of Tiree, but only a few will know where it is, or what goes on. Of the six islands which comprise the Inner Hebrides, Tiree is the furthest west and arguably, the most beautiful .The sunniest place in the UK, Tiree is also one of the windiest.   Twelve miles long, it varies in width from one to six miles.

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The island is in generally flat, much of the land is below 20 m in elevation, it does contains six hills of which the highest, Ben Hynish is only 460ft. Tiree’s name comes, possibly , from the gaelic Tir-reidh, the ‘flat –land’. Tiree is also very fertile, and over the centuries was also known as Tir-iodh, the ‘land of corn’ and supplied cereal to the monks of Iona.

Tireewaveclassic512The fertile machair grassland provides rich grazing for cattle and sheep, on which the island’s thriving crofting, farming community is based. The machair, abundant in summer with flowers and herbs, helps support over a 150 species of birds, including the largest UK population of the rare Corncrake.

Ornithologists from all over the world visit Tiree for it’s outstanding birdlife & the RSPB have a resident warden. The central machair, ‘The Reef’ is the largest of it’s type in the world.

Stunning pristine white-shell sand beaches surrounding the island, lure windsurfers and holidaymakers. Many ancient historical sites exist: standing stones, forts, duns, brochs, and chapels abound. The Saints of; Patrick, Brendan and Columba all visited Tiree. Skerryvore lighthouse, set some 12 miles offshore is an ‘A’ listed iconic landmark and too many the finest of Stevenson’s many incredible structures

In every direction, walkers can witness the finest seascapes in Scotland, as well as enjoy the tranquility, the bracing air, and the rich flora and fauna. Together these are some of the features which underpin Tiree’s ever-growing sustainable tourism.The clear light oceanic Atlantic light draws artists from all over the world a few of which have now become residents.

Supported by Highland and Island Enterprise, the ‘Growth at the Edge’ initiative encourages sustainable island development. Some eight boats comprise Tiree’s lobster, crab and scallop fishing fleet, growing each year in importance (with a 2010 catch value estimated at £1.5 million) fish off and close inshore Tiree. Their primary fishing ground being the Skerryvore reefs.

Regular sea and air connections from Oban and Glasgow, school, broadband, medical facilities , shops, restaurants, bank, hotels and guest houses, all support Tiree’s modern Gaelic based culture. Our community is vibrant and prospering and consists of some 750 permanent residents. Our school and our children take proud pride of place, and given our ‘zero’ crime Tiree can be classed in many ways as an escape from a world gone mad. Our second home owners and non resident house holders directly and indirectly contribute to our support industries such as building and maintenance.Breaching Basking Shark BS_CroppedWeb

The Islands own ‘single’ wind turbine…’Tilley’ has become a glowing beacon of community inspiration in renewable energy projects. But the proposed Tiree ( Argyll) Array will have disproportionate impacts on, and for, Tiree such that it has to be resisted.

To all who visit our island home we can promise a warm welcome from the people who live ‘on the edge of the world’

                               Skerryvore Lighthouse: An Iconic Structure                 (credit Ian Cowe)



Some useful links for that Tiree experience:-









The images above show Tiree at its summer best , but these calm seas belie a certain Tiree reality which forced SPR to drop the projects namely ‘challenging wave conditions which could impact construction’ 



It obviously dawned on SPR  that Tiree wave conditions were rarely what  was required during construction.

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9 thoughts on “Tiree

  1. Chris Browne

    I am more than impressed by the fantastic job done to set up this site. I have a very personal interest in “TIREE” my Grandsons futures are at stake. Good Luck to all in your fight. “NO TIREE ARRAY” I will refer to the site on a regular basis to watch your progression.

  2. Bothan nam Fear

    Cheers Mom…get the word around, boys are well, so is the ‘BOSS’ xxx
    Link us to Facebook, get mush to do same…going to beat this. K

  3. Neil Campbell

    I wanted to send a message of support for your campaign. My family and I have just returned from a great week windsurfing and walking on Tiree and watching the Wave Classic. We first went in the summer and liked it so much we returned. We stayed at Millhouse, did a Wild Diamond course and shopped at the Tiree Take Away, Macleods, Cobbled Cow, Co-op, Farmhouse Cafe, Chocolate & Charms etc. We plan to return again, but if the proposed wind farm goes ahead, I’m afraid we’d give it a miss. I couldn’t face looking at that. I’m afraid the other visitors I spoke to said the same. I think Tiree has a great future with tourism and watersports, but that will be shattered by the windfarm. I hope you are successful in blocking it. If not, I’m glad I’ve seen Tiree’s amazing West Coast before it is lost.
    Good luck

  4. Karl

    Sincere thanks for your vote of support.
    If this development is allowed to go ahead…apart from the obvious damage it will cause to Tiree it, will also set a precident and open the door way to the destruction of other wilderness areas.

    See you next year…hopefully we can have a stand at the Wave Classic.

    Bothan nam Fear
    The Pier

  5. Neil Campbell

    We’ve just been back to Tiree and still can’t believe how beautiful the west coast beaches are! They are unique and they and the marine environment (basking sharks, sea birds etc) should be protected from this sort of out of place industrial development. A year on and the idea of a massive wind farm appears to be even dafter. A “Green” Scotland needs its most wild places, like Tiree, to be protected. We met lots of tourists from England, Ireland, Italy etc. (and Scotand!) who would not come to visit an industrial site. You have won all the arguments – I just hope the politicians are listening…

  6. Jody George-Freitag

    My grandfather was born in Tiree (Percy Lorne Campbell 1884? i think) I’am looking forward to one day soon visiting the island and possibly learning more about my relations from Scotland. I live in Maine USA. The island looks beautiful-good luck to all in its preservation!

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