5 Fun Things to Do on Tiree
Tiree is a small island off the West Coast of Scotland with a population of only around 650; however, despite its small size, there is a great range of exciting things to do and see during your visit.
To ensure you get the most out of your stay, we’ve complied a list of the best things to do in Tiree.
Tiree Boat Tours
Tiree boasts a stunning costal landscape, with breathtaking turquoise waters and golden sands. Boat tours allow visitors to explore the island’s rich maritime heritage and observe its diverse marine life.
You are able to marvel at the rugged cliffs, hidden coves, or even catch glimpses of the seals, dolphins, and seabirds that all call Tiree home.
Whether you’re seeking a relaxing cruise or a more adventurous outing, the boat tours offered in Tiree provide an intimate connection with the island’s natural wonders. These excursions can also provide unique perspectives of Tiree’s landscapes, making them a memorable addition to any traveller’s itinerary.
The organisation ‘Tiree Sea Tours’ offer a range of excellent boat tours and excursions around Tiree that will help you create unforgettable memories – it really is a special experience which is sure to impress.
Tiree Music Festival
If you’re a music lover, do not miss out on the Tiree Music Festival. Celebrating traditional and contemporary music, the festival features live performances from local and international artists which creates a dynamic atmosphere.
You’ll enjoy a unique blend of music genres, stunning coastal views, and a strong community spirit that defines this iconic music festival.
Since its formation, TMF have won 10 national awards, and has grown from a capacity of 600 to 2000. Despite its growing popularity, organisers have deliberately capped attendance at 2000 to preserve the event’s small and intimate atmosphere.
The festival takes place during the middle of July each year and features folk-rock groups, Scottish traditional bands, and much more.
Hire a Bike to Explore the Island
Thanks to its relatively small size and flat terrain, car hire in Tiree is not a necessity for the standard visitor.
Exploring Tiree by bike is a rewarding way to experience the island’s natural beauty. The flexibility of biking allows you to uncover hidden gems off the beaten track and provides access to remote areas untouched by other modes of transportation.
Both economical and enjoyable, renting a bike can reveal the charm of Tiree, in a way that is both invigorating and immersive, promising an unforgettable journey into the heart of this Scottish gem.
Watersports on the Beach
Tiree is a water sports haven, thanks to its relatively sunny climate during the summer, and its white sandy beaches that stretch in every direction.
Here are a few of the best water sports to take part in during your time in Tiree:
- Windsurfing: Renowned as one of the UK’s best windsurfing locations, Tiree’s strong winds make it ideal for windsurfers. The island hosts international windsurfing competitions, attracting enthusiasts from around the globe.
- Surfing and Kitesurfing: The Atlantic waves that grace Tiree’s shores provide ideal conditions for surfers and kitesurfers. Beginners and experts alike can enjoy the thrill of riding the waves in a stunning natural setting.
- Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP): The calm waters in certain areas make Tiree a perfect spot for stand-up paddleboarding. Explore the coastline, paddle through crystal-clear waters, and enjoy a unique perspective of the island.
- Kayaking: Tiree’s diverse coastline and sheltered bays make it an excellent destination for kayaking. Paddle along the rocky shores, explore sea caves, and encounter marine life while surrounded by the island’s natural beauty.
If you’re a beginner but want to give watersports a go, you can hire equipment and take lessons with the following companies:
Visit the Island’s Museums
We know that Scotland’s weather can be a little temperamental, so for those rainy days you should consider one of Tiree’s local museums.
Tiree is an island rich in history. Immerse yourself in the unique heritage of the island through exhibits that showcase its maritime traditions, ancient artifacts, and tales of resilience.
Here are a few must visit museums in Tiree:
- An Iodhlann – This is Tiree’s historical centre. While here, visitors can experience the small but historically rich museum which delves into the culture, past, and people of this beautiful island. An Iodhlann is run by friendly volunteers with local knowledge of the island. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
- Skerryvore Lighthouse Exhibition – This exhibition uncovers the history of the engineers and keepers who built and maintained Scotland’s tallest lighthouse on the busy Skerryvore reef, 10 nautical miles offshore. Entry is free, but donations are appreciated.
Tiree offers a diverse range of experiences and rain or shine there’s always something to do. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, Tiree invites you to discover its charm and create lasting memories.
Whether you’re flying or taking the ferry, you’ll likely start your journey in Oban. While here, you can choose to stay in our luxury, boutique hotel. Better yet, if you’re travelling with your dog, we’re dog-friendly, and offer a range of dog-related services to keep your four-legged friend comfortable.