Tiree, links, activities
This is the key online guide to the island: www.isleoftiree.com
Tiree Music Festival
Tiree Wave Classic
Internet Guide to Tiree
Wild Diamond windsurfing and kitesurfing
Gavin Shaw's website with his personal guide to Tiree including some epic, vintage windsurfing pictures
Generally flat roads and firm machair meadows. Bike hire available from several locations.
Most of these fish became lobster creel baits.
Trout fishing also available in two of the lochs.
Beaches suitable for kitesurfing facing in all directions, with or without waves.
Excellent tuition from Wild Diamond http://www.wilddiamond.co.uk/ Blackhouse Watersports: http://blackhouse-watersports.co.uk/
There is a very pretty nine hole golf course with epic seascapes in all directions to distract you from the misery of your latest slice.
Vaul Golf Club 220 729
Golf Club Hire from Tiree Lodge Hotel 220 368
Tiree is well known as a mecca for serious wavesailing; what is less well known is that it has arguably the best beginners' conditions in Scotland with a very helpful teaching set up at Wild Diamond Windsurfing: Willy Angus MacLean 07712 159 205. Conditions for intermediates are brilliant with flat water blasting on the shallow loch or Gott Bay.
Excellent local surf schools with ideal beginners' conditions through the summer and bigger waves more consistently during the rest of the year.
Lessons and board rental from Blackhouse Watersports http://blackhouse-watersports.co.uk/ and Wild Diamond http://www.wilddiamond.co.uk/
Stand up paddle boarding
Has become very popular in Tiree.
Ideal conditions for beginners, coastal cruising and SUP surfing.
Lessons and rental available from Wild Diamond and Blackhouse Watersports.
Plenty of old school ways to keep fit but if you want organised help check out:
Other things to do
Sandyachting on Gott Bay; contact Wild Diamond
Sea kayaking - if you're already keen you'll have your own. Sit on kayaks available for rent from Blackhouse Watersports, Wild Diamond, and Suds Surf school.
Sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding: bring your own boat or charm someone who has a boat. Boat trips with Skipinnish.
Socialising: an extended party atmosphere develops from the moment you arrive at the ferry terminal; frequent ceilidhs during the summer.
Music - quite apart from the famous Tiree Music Festival there seems to be an endless production line of quality ceilidh bands produced by the local school.
Alternatively, enjoy the peace and quiet of the island.
Bird and animal watching; many seals, basking sharks, otters and occasionally whales - killer whales and minke.)
Visiting local artists' galleries.
Eating: fabulous local meat (lamb and beef) and fresh seafood: crab, lobster, fish. Restaurants: Ceabhar, Scarinish Hotel and Tiree Lodge Hotel. Cafes - several available (see www.isleoftiree.com) and Sunday afternoons at Hynish Centre.
Walking: no Munros but great walks along the coast: beaches and dramatic headlands, including some big cliffs. Big, dramatic skies often most spectacular when the weather is mixed.