Posted by: tireecottage | June 5, 2017

The Hynish Centre

11987195_727466840718604_7232902981218714031_nContinuing our look at all the wonderful things to do on Tiree in summer.

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

Tiree Lobster and Crab • Scarinish • Tel 07765 422831
#StruthanCottage, #Tiree Tiree Lobster & crab

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
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


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.


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.


Posted by: tireecottage | May 9, 2017

Such Fine weather

18359037_1427092960684000_8138339407301659902_oIt’s been a lovely week of fine weather in Tiree. A beautiful sunset near Struthan Cottage around 9.30pm over Loch Bhassapol, this is the great view our guests can expect right outside the door!

For a picture of the sun setting into the horizon on the sea, head out just a few minutes drive to nearby Balevulin Beach.

Posted by: tireecottage | February 25, 2017

2017 Tiree Information Pack


Visitors to Struthan Cottage past, present and future can download a wonderful FREE visitors guide packed full of Tiree Information by clicking here:

It includes up to date information, helpful telephone numbers, things to do and everything you need for your holiday. It is also available on our website at any time on the “Useful Information” page.

Posted by: tireecottage | February 4, 2017

Broadband Upgrade imminent

internet-speedWe’re pleased to announce that with upgrades due to Tiree Broadband this coming Spring, our Internet Broadband connection at Struthan Cottage will in 2017, be nearly TEN times faster!
Fibre and broadband work is scheduled on the island between March 2017 and this coming Summer. We’ve always enjoyed a pretty reliable, strong connection at Struthan Cottage (perhaps through proximity to the equipment on the island). We understand fully how a good internet connection is super important to holiday guests in this day and age, so it’s fantastic to be getting such an important upgrade so soon.
It’s somewhat ironic that such a remote location will soon have a better internet connection, than many mainland towns and cities.
Wi-fi is free to all our holiday guests.
Posted by: tireecottage | January 20, 2017

Deposits now Due 2017

Don’t forget if your holiday is currently shaded in orange on our availability calendar, your deposit IS NOW DUE, and you won’t yet have a guaranteed booking (i.e it could be let out to others if deposit and booking form is not received). We’ve chased up everybody who still requires to send in their 2017 deposit.

If you have a booking reference number and have paid your deposit, you can of course ignore this message. Your holiday is firmly booked and safe.


Posted by: tireecottage | January 13, 2017

Summer Availability in June!

Great news for any holiday makers still wishing to go to our beautiful Struthan Cottage in Summer 17!

Week commencing Saturday 17th June 2017 (until 24th) has now become available for booking! We’re letting it out on first come first served basis.


Be quick though! This is a prime week being so close to the school holidays and traditionally in a month with fine, warm weather in Tiree. Give us a call or contact us at

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