Tiree is an island of exceptional beauty. The outermost island of the Inner Hebrides, it has been described as the ‘land below the waves’ and the ‘island of two harvests’. These epithets hint at its characteristic flatness and rich fecundity. It has, within its shoreline boundary, the most extensive machair to be found in a single location anywhere in Scotland. Almost half the coastline is made up of white shell-sand beaches orientated in all directions around the compass. The crystal clear sea that surrounds the island cycles through a myriad of colours from turquoise blue and olive green to cerulean and ultramarine.
If you seek tranquillity, freedom of space and clean pure air, the Isle of Tiree has it all. Though only 10 miles long and 5 miles wide, the sky and sea stretch from horizon to horizon. With no woodland and only three sizeable hills on an otherwise flat landscape, there is nothing to obscure the view. And the only sounds you are likely to hear are the waves lapping on the vast expanses of white sand beaches and a myriad of birdcalls.
The island is one of the sunniest places in Britain, and with the moderating influence of the warm Gulf Stream, winter temperatures are generally higher than on the mainland, while summer evenings are warm and balmy. Tiree is also known as a windy place, with the strongest winter gales normally occurring in December and January. The advantage, however, is that midges are almost non-existent in summer.