Tiree Images > Collections

Cornaig, Loch Bhasapol
& Cornaig Beach


& Salum

Gunna Sound
& Caolas

, Hough
& Kilkenneth


Port Ban

Important Buildings

, Ben Hough,
Hough Beach & The Maze

Gott Bay
& Ruaig


, Kennavara
& Patrick's Temple


Ferry Terminal

Ben Hynish

Happy Valley

& Soroby

, Airport
& Baugh

Trip from Oban





Aerial Photographs

Wild Flowers

On the above collection pages you can check out exactly how the various places on the Isle of Tiree actually look. New collections are being added regularly as are individual photographs on existing pages.

  • Beaches - The Isle of Tiree is well known for its many beaches of brilliant white sand. Water sports such as surfing, kitesurfing, sailing and windsurfing are an important part of island tourism. Conditions are among the best in Scotland. Each October the Tiree Wave Classic windsurfing competition is held. On Tiree you are never far from a beach with favourites being a matter of individual choice or sport preference. Best known are probably Gott, Crossapol, Balevullin, The Maze and Balephuil.

  • History - Tyree (changed to Tiree by the Post Office) has been inhabited for thousands of years. The island's 2000 year old brochs at Vaul & Milton are well preserved. Kirkapol with it's ancient chapels has been a religious site into antquity. In 1771 the little harbour at Scarinish was constructed. From 1836-44 Skerryvore Lighthouse was constructed and can be seen from Balephuil. The Tiree land base for the operation of Skerryvore was built at Hynish. Here you can still see a museum, the off duty keepers' houses, dry dock and signal tower. Place names are either Gaelic or derived from Norse.

  • Environment - Much of Tiree is machair, a unique Scottish island environment of crushed shell based sandy soil. It is essentially pasture and has been built up by 1000s of years of grazing. In spring and early summer it is host to vast carpets of wild flowers. Additionally the inland peaty marshlands in such a mild environment also contain interesting plants and flowers. Also check out the wildlife and weather related photographs.

  • Physical Features - The geology of the Tiree is dominated by the ancient hard metamorphic rocks of NW Scotland. The highest point on the Isle of Tiree is Ben Hynish at 141m above the sea below. This lies between Balephuil to the west, Hynish to the south and Balemartine to the east. Check out the panoramas. At the summit of the hill stands the white 'golf ball' which is visible from most of Tiree. This is in fact Civil Aviation radar installation.

  • Communications - Tiree can be reached by ferry or flight. The CalMac ferry operates out of Oban to and from the Gott Pier Ferry Terminal. I have also included a collection of photographs taken on various ferry journeys. Highlights of the journey to & from Tiree are calling at the Isle of Coll, Britain's most westerly mainland point Ardnamurchan, the Sound of Mull with coastlines of both remote Morven on the mainland of Scotland and Mull itself, Lismore with its lighthouse and Oban. A number of other Hebridean islands are visible from Tiree. Tiree Airport offers daily flights to and from Glasgow. Tiree's road network is mainly single track with passing places.

  • Architecture - Traditional Tiree houses with both thatched and felted roofs can be seen around the island; on this site there are images from Sandaig, Balemartine & Scarinish. Also check out some of the key buildings on the island.

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