|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Ideal for a get away from it all family/friends holiday.
Watersports, wildlife and birdwatching opportunities.
Part of the Category A listed lighthouse establishment built for the construction and servicing of Skerryvore lighthouse, The Cottage is a stone built ground floor property enjoying a wonderful, peaceful location close to the small beach at Hynish. Comfortably furnished throughout with sitting room featuring a solid fuel stove and enjoying sea views.
Sitting room with sofabed
Fully equipped modern dining kitchen
One double bedroom
Two bunk bedrooms
Shower room (please note: no bath)
The property was restored by the Hebridean Trust and the letting income contributes towards the future maintenance. The Hebridean Trust Limited (known as The Hebridean Trust) is a charity registered in Scotland and in England and Wales.
My family (2 adults, 4 children 7-12 years) spent wonderful days in this holiday residence. We found everything clean and tidy before. Also blankets were available and plenty of towels. In the kitchen we found everything we needed. We had plenty of room in the three bedrooms, the kitchen and the living room. The beautiful sandy beach was wonderful and only a few meters outside the front door. From our accommodation we could take wonderful excursions on foot or by car to explore the beautiful island. On the last day we saw from the pier at our accommodation even a basking shark - what more could you want?
unfortunately the oven was broken but the on-site staff were very helpful and it wasn't such an inconvenience. Fantastic location and really interesting history to the place. I would recommend it.
The Isle of Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides. It is relatively small - about twelve miles long and three miles wide - and very flat. Tiree's coastline has an array of wonderful white sand beaches, which are often deserted.
The island has a mild climate and is one of the sunniest places in Britain. It benefits from the moderating influence of the Gulf Stream ensuring that frost is rare, winter temperatures are generally higher than on the mainland and evenings in mid-summer are warm and balmy. Tiree is also known as a windy place. The advantage is that midges are almost non-existent in summer.
If you seek tranquillity, freedom of space and clean pure air, the Isle of Tiree has it all. The sky and sea stretch from horizon to horizon. With no woodland and only three sizeable hills on an otherwise flat landscape, there is nothing to obscure the view. The only sounds you are likely to hear are the waves lapping on the vast expanses of white sand beaches and a myriad of birdcalls, making it an ideal holiday destination for families and experienced travellers alike.
In the bay in front of The Cottage you can spot basking shark, seal and otter. Take a stroll in the area around Hynish and you can hear corncrake and see lapwing and kittiwake. Naturalists can enjoy rare orchids and butterflies and witness the flowering of the Machair (rich seaside grassland).
The island hosts an annual music festival in July and is a popular windsurfing venue, hosting an international competition in October.
Tiree is known for its vernacular architecture, including 'blackhouses' and 'white houses', many retaining their traditional thatched roofs, as well as its unique 'pudding' or 'spotted houses' where only the mortar is painted white. Tiree's friendly people include many Gaelic speakers. From time to time there are Gaelic cultural events on the island.
Hynish is the place that Alan Stevenson chose in 1838 as the base for the building of the Skerryvore lighthouse and later as the shore station for the lighthouse keepers and their families. The Cottage has been restored 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.
Visitors to Hynish can also enjoy the Treshnish Isles natural history exhibition. This exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the enchanted Treshnish Isles, which are visible from the Isle of Tiree and are owned and managed by the Hebridean Trust. Enjoying the Treshnish Isles whilst on Tiree helps to conserve a highly sensitive environment and to protect the seabird colonies, including puffins, razorbills, guillemots and petrels, that rely on the Treshnish Isles as an annual breeding ground. Visitors can experience the natural history of the Treshnish Isles through stunning displays, a scale model of the islands and audio visual material.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
A metered electricity charge applies