Nicknamed Hawaii of the North, Tiree is all about pristine beaches, big surf, and an easy-going music festival.
Tiree is Scotland's sunshine isle. It is aptly referred to as the 'Hawaii of the north' thanks to the amount of sunshine it gets, which is amongst the most in the UK. Given its wide skies, dramatic Atlantic seascapes, Tiree is a rewarding destination on our far western shore, whether you travel there to make the most of its water-sports or cycling opportunities, its striking but peaceful white beaches, or its incredible local seafood and shellfish. There's a music festival in July, when the island comes to life for three days of music, camping, and adventure. In October the windsurfers descend on the island to battle the breaks in the Tiree Wave Classic.
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Prior to your journey, familiarise yourself with VisitScotland's #RespectProtectEnjoy guidance and check the arrangements individual islands and locations have for managing the safety of their visitors and communities. For Argyll and Bute, please read through the area's 'Be a great Visitor' guidance. Stay safe and informed while in Tiree visit Tiree Trust
Catch the ferry to Tiree from Oban. The ferry lands at Tiree, and the crossing takes 4 hours. Vehicle reservations are recommended on these routes. You can book travel online, and when you do, you'll immediately receive an eTicket direct to your inbox - ready to board.
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Oban is a 2.5 hour drive from Glasgow, 3 hours from Edinburgh, 4 hours from Aberdeen, and 2 hours 45 minutes from Inverness. If you are travelling with an electric vehicle, charging points are available at Argyll College in Oban.
Note: there are no electric vehicle charging points on Tiree.
Oban Port: PA34 4DB
If you're coming from the east coast, Edinburgh, or the South, you'll need to travel through Glasgow. There's a regular direct train to Oban from Glasgow Queen Street Station, and it takes just over 3 hours. Check out our Journey Planner tool to plan your bus, rail and ferry travel to Scotland's west coast and islands and make active travel part of your trip.
The bus route to Oban from Glasgow takes just under 3 hours, traffic permitting. The bus from Inverness to Oban takes 3 hours 30 minutes, with a change at Fort William.
Tiree has a Ring n Ride service on request. Passengers can expect seating capacity of 19, groups are required to contact the operator a few days in advance to arrange pick up. See the Isle of Tiree website for further information.
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The Isle of Tiree is around 10 miles long and 6 miles wide. There are numerous walks throughout the island that allow you to explore some of Tiree's unique features. The walk to the Ringing Stone allows you to take in some amazing scenery, but decent walking shoes are required as the terrain can get a bit boggy. The Ringing Stone itself has scattered cup markings engraved with the origins dating back some 4000 years. For more information about walks on Tiree why not visit the Isle of Tiree website.
Why not cycle on Tiree? Tiree has many pleasant single track roads throughout the island which are predominately flat and suitable for all levels. If you want to take in the best of what the island has to offer then cycling is the way to go. You will be able to take in sights such as Dun Mor, an Iron Age prehistoric tower that dates 60AD, or even Scotland's tallest lighthouse. Bike hire is available on the island, and further information can be found at the Isle of Tiree website
Note: If you're bringing your bike, please add your bike(s) to your booking, - this means that you have more certainty about space. This ticket will remain free of charge. Groups of cyclists should contact us in advance advising of preferred sailings, as space on some ferries may be limited
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