Tiree as its Gaelic name tir-iodh (“land of corn”) suggests, was once known as the breadbasket of the Inner Hebrides, thanks to its acres of rich machair (sandy, grassy, lime-rich land). Nowadays crofting and tourism are the main sources of income for the small resident population. One of the most distinctive features of the island is its architecture, in particular the large numbers of “pudding” or “spotty” houses, where only the mortar is painted white. The sandy beaches attract large numbers of windsurfers for the Tiree Wave Classic every October. The ferry calls at Gott Bay Pier, now best known for An Turas (The Journey), Tiree’s award-winning artistic “shelter”.

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