The Island

“The Isle of Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides. It is relatively small – about twelve miles long and three miles wide – and very flat. Although the name means ‘the land of corn’ it has been described variously as ‘a raised beach’ and ‘the land below the waves’.”

“The island has a mild climate with some of the highest levels of sunshine recorded anywhere in the British Isles. It benefits from the moderating influence of the Gulf Stream ensuring that frost is rare and evenings in mid-summer are warm and balmy.”

Tiree is a great place to be active – the air is fresh, the views are amazing, it’s an unspoilt landscape to just enjoy being out in.

You can find out more about Tiree at

Getting to Tiree

Caledonian MacBrayne run the ferry service to the islands. During the summer there is a ferry every day, it takes 4 hours from Oban and the departure times vary throughout the week. From October to March this timetable is reduced to 4 ferries a week. Although the ferry journey can be a hassle sometimes it actually serves to make Tiree more remote, enhancing the feel that you really are coming out to a tiny island out in the sea away from all the pressures of mainland life.

There’s also a flight from Glasgow every day with FlyBe and flights from Oban on Mondays and Wednesdays with Hebridean Air Service.


See the Isle of Tiree Community website for a detailed accommodation list. For guest house accommodation I would recommend Rockvale Guest House, while for self catering Ceabhar Guest House, the Hynish Centre and Millhouse Hostel are all very good, with Ceabhar doing evening meals using local produce and with a great selection of ales. There’s a few B&Bs with the newest one being the very smart Beach House located in a beautiful part of the island. Camping is available at the Wild Diamond campsite in Balinoe.

Eating out

If you’re sweating it out in the gym there’s no better place to eat out than right next door at Ceabhar restaurant in Sandaig – great specials, a selection of real ales and warm hospitality from Duncan & Polly. There’s also the Tiree Lodge HotelScarinish Hotel, Farmhouse Cafe and the Cobbled Cow tearoom.

Things to do

At Tiree Fitness we can provide activities from fitness training and sports coaching, to bike hire & servicing. We also provide a range of massage treatments. Below is a small selection of other activities you can enjoy whilst on Tiree.

Tiree is most famous for being windy and having amazing beaches. Put the two together and you have a perfect place to windsurf, kitesurf and on the calmer days paddleboard or surf. For beginners there is a shallow freshwater loch for learning to windsurf. All these activities can be provided by Wild Diamond.

Jewellery, chocolate, patchwork, gifts – all made on Tiree and all available at Chocolates & Charms. The shop is run by Becky and is a delightful place to explore. She also serves fresh coffee, tea and cakes and has a selection of sweets and toys for the kids.


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