Posted by: tireecottage | June 8, 2017

Loch Bhassapol, Tiree

Loch Bhassapol is the second largest loch on Tiree situated in the north west of the island , right next to Struthan Cottage.

The two small islands in the loch may be crannogs. A crannog is a type of ancient loch-dwelling found throughout Scotland and Ireland dating from 5,000 years ago. Many crannogs were built out in the water as defensive homesteads and represented symbols of power and wealth.

It is believed that the ‘Battle of the Sheaves’ between the men of Tiree and Norse invaders was fought just north of the loch towards the cornaigmore coast. The invaders suffered many casualties and are said never to have returned.

The loch is now used for fishing and water sports, especially windsurfing and kayaking. It also offers amazing sunset views right out the cottage living room windows!

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Posted by: tireecottage | June 7, 2017

The Ringing Stone

Situated between Balephetrish and Vaul, there is a large boulder balanced on other rocks like an egg on a spoon. It has some pretty special characteristics and is truly unique, by comparison to other rocks around it.

Bizarrely, it emits a metallic ring when struck and has a number of cup markings generally associated with the period of the Megalithic Builders.

There are no other examples of this type of rock on the island and it is thought that it was trundled over from Rhum during the ice age.

A much more romantic piece of folklore is that it was thrown by a giant from Mull, and should it ever be removed from Tiree the island will sink into the sea and be lost forever.

This makes for a great walk, especially from Balephetrish on a sunny day!

Posted by: tireecottage | June 6, 2017

Accessibility

Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 21.27.18With Tiree being so flat, it lends itself perfectly to anybody with a wheelchair or who may have difficulty with hills or steps.

Outdoors, theres a truly fantastic service offered by the Tiree Rangers. Beach wheelchairs for adults and children can be hired to enable disabled guests to get about a lot easier. The wheelchairs do not cost, but perhaps you would want to make a small donation instead if you hire them out.  They can be hired from the Tiree Rangers by contacting 07765 449487.

Indoors at Struthan Cottage, there are no steps. Disabled guests are able to manoeuvre from their vehicle, through the gate and into the house with no inclines or steps. The ground floor is spacious, open plan and all on one level. A large sofa folds out into a double bed with a spring loaded mechanism. There is a low profile corner bath in the bathroom.

Posted by: tireecottage | June 6, 2017

Tiree Dark Skies

Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 21.11.44Continuing our look at all of Tiree’s marvels!

For those holiday guests who wish to look skyward – to see the stars – Tiree is an ideal location! Because the island has no street lights, is sparsely populated, has few cars and no other man made light sources – Tiree has ideal conditions for viewing the night sky, a far better view than anywhere on the mainland could offer.

I would strongly recommend all guests to step outside the cottage and look up when its dark and clear of clouds. It is breathtaking!

We have dedicated Balevullin as a Dark Sky Discovery Site as this is easily accessible, however there are many other sites around the Isle of Tiree that are magnificent for viewing the night sky. Try visiting Hough, Balephuil Beach, Sorobaidh or Salum for instance.

Thanks to Robert Bradley and Richard Whitson for the wonderful dark sky photographs on this page.

Tiree also has its own developing Dark Skies Group which you can follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/tireedarkskies/?fref=ts

Posted by: tireecottage | June 5, 2017

Relaxing Bedrooms

The black roof Struthan Cottage often means upstairs can be warm in Summer. However, both bedrooms have velux windows that can be opened on warm evenings.

In winter, central heating radiators upstairs can be supplemented by extra oil radiators and there are many extra blankets and covers in the wicker chests in each bedroom.

Remember, guests need to bring their own bed linen in our self catering property. Pillows, duvets, mattress and pillow protectors are provided and renewed every few months. If you want to hire bedlinen, drop us a message, as this can be arranged easily & very inexpensively (and of course it can free up space in your car!)

More details can be found at our main website www.struthancottages.co.uk

Posted by: tireecottage | June 5, 2017

The Hynish Centre

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The wonderful Hynish Centre is home to the Story of Skerryvore Lighthouse and the Treshnish Isles Natural History Exhibitions.

Set in the very scenic southern tip of Tiree at the small community of Hynish, the museum can be contacted here Call 01865 311468. Open each day from 9am – 5pm. No tickets as such, just a little honesty box for donations.

Want to know more?

The buildings at Hynish were started in 1837 and comprised a dock, workshops and lodgings for those involved in the building of the Skerryvore Lighthouse.

Over 80 stonemasons worked here precisely shaping over 4,300 blocks used in the building of the lighthouse. In 1842 the Skerryvore Lighthouse was completed and in the following year the Hynish pier was extended to allow the lighthouse vessel to berth.

The dock has a tendency to fill up with sand and an ingenious flushing system designed by Stevenson using water from a reservoir up the hill and wooden gates, was used to try to keep it open. The lighthouse keepers had their quarters in the Upper Square and were provided with walled gardens to grow their own produce.

In 1982 the Hebridean Trust began restoring the buildings. Alan Stevenson House was originally built as store rooms, and has been restored and given a new purpose by The Hebridean Trust, founded in 1982 to preserve the unique Hebridean way of life.

One of the other listed buildings in Hynish is home to The Story of Skerryvore Lighthouse exhibition. This exhibition records the fascinating account of the hazardous Skerryvore reef, 10 nautical miles to the south west of the Isle of Tiree, and the design and construction of the tallest lighthouse in Scotland by Alan Stevenson, uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson. It features unique examples of industrial archaeology, a scale model of the lighthouse and interpretation material of general and educational interest.

Posted by: tireecottage | June 4, 2017

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Posted by: tireecottage | June 4, 2017

Tiree Lobster & Crab

“Tiree Lobster & Crab” are suppliers of BEAUTIFULLY fresh local shellsh, beef and lamb. Situated in Scarinish, they supply the best fresh local seafood direct from their own boat.

Just look at this delicious lot that our holiday guests can enjoy! Look out for the black sales van in Scarinish, about 15 minutes drive from the cottage.

Additionally, Tiree Lobster & Crab supply Tiree beef, lamb and pork direct from the family farm in Ruaig.

OPEN DAILY – for lobster, dressed crab, oysters, langoustines, scallops, Ruaig beef, lamb and pork. Tea, coffe, soup, cold drinks and ice cream. Lobster rolls and Ruaig steak baguettes.
Contact | Frazer J MacInnes www.facebook.com/tireelobster

Tiree Lobster and Crab • Scarinish • Tel 07765 422831
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Posted by: tireecottage | June 3, 2017

Beachcomber Craft Cafe, Tiree

Another fun place on Tiree for kids to get involved in Arts & Crafts is the Beachcomber Craft Cafe. It’s also a fantastic place to eat out for lunches and light snacks.

Set in delightful surroundings just off the Kenovay Airport Road in the middle of the island, the craftshop sells Tiree handmade soaps and smellies, and the largest selection of cards in Tiree with a beautiful range of gifts.

Open in the summer months of June, July and August, the staff are friendly, the food is delicious. I would recommend trying the roll on crab and salad!

There’s a beautiful outdoor decking area to enjoy the outdoors. Kids will be thrilled to paint their own pottery or take part in the many regular craft activities.

Beachcomber Craft Cafe • Crossapol • 01879 220590
OPENING TIMES
JUNE/JULY/AUGUST • Every Day | 10am to 8pm

Struthan Cottage is just 7 minutes drive or so away from Beachcomber.

Posted by: tireecottage | June 3, 2017

Exploring: Crossapol Beach

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Stunning Crossapol Beach is located on the middle south end of the island. With inwardly facing views across to the beautiful island of Mull, the beach is usually free of seaweed, with white sand for nearly a mile.

It’s one of the larger beaches on the island, safe to swim and popular with windsurfers. There’s good free parking above the dunes in the middle. It can be quite breathtaking driving around the corner and suddenly being confronted by this beautiful beach.

Crossapol is 10 minutes drive from Struthan Cottage.

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Posted by: tireecottage | June 1, 2017

Farmhouse Cafe – Balemartine

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be exploring many of Tiree’s stunning beaches and featuring all the wonderful places to visit, attractions and all the amazing things for our holiday visitors to do!

Starting off today with the charming “Farmhouse Cafe”. Situated in Balemartine, this family run cafe is a favourite spot to eat out on the island. A lovely atmosphere and relaxing place to sit outside or in.

Currently open for the summer season Mondays to Saturdays between 11am – 4pm, they serve light lunches, hot and cold drinks and sweet treats. All products are inexpensively priced and are made fresh there and then. We highly recommend this business to all our holiday guests.

If you want to book a table then give Fiona and her friendly staff a call on 01879 220107.

Posted by: tireecottage | June 1, 2017

Tiree – From the Air

Earlier this week, we had a flying visit to Tiree. Quite literally! On business for a day, we travelled from Glasgow Airport to Tiree on a Flybe flight. Although the weather was rainy for a time, it cleared a little to take these photos coming into the approach to Tiree.

It’s been a while since we’ve taken a plane to Tiree. I’d quite forgotten how beautiful all the white sandy beaches are from above and just how blue and green the sea is.

Tiree is a 50 minute quick flight out of Glasgow Airport. Prices depending upon availability start at £32pp.

 

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