Resort Guide: Tiree, Scotland, United Kingdom

Individual beach reports

The island seems purpose shaped for windsurfers. Beaches face in all directions and with the island being so flat there is very little to block or unsettle the wind. There is also a shallow loch with a flat sandy bottom, ideal for beginners and experts alike. Beaches listed in clockwise order from the ferry port.

Gott Bay

Beach faces: South-east to South-west. It is a classic ‘C’ shaped bay.

Best wind direction: Works in everything depending on what you want. South-east for small jumps & rides in top left hand corner looking out to sea, but generally regarded as a safe, flat water freeride beach. Southerly gives bump & jump, north-west is offshore, ideal for speed and in a south-west wind plus big swell you can get pretty good waves. 

Worst wind direction: Everything works!

Tide: Quite a walk out at low tide.

What’s on the bottom?: Sand with one line of rocks from the hotel.

Any hazards: None. 

Suitability/levels: All.

Crossapol

Beach faces: South/South-east.

Best wind direction: West.

Worst wind direction:
 South or South-east.

Tide: High tide gives you a wind shadow off the dunes in a westerly, other than that it doesn’t matter when you sail.

What’s on the bottom?: Sand.

Any hazards: In the very middle of the bay, there is the mast of an old sunken wreck at low tide.

Suitability/levels: Good place to learn to wave ride unless massive.

Balemartine

Beach faces: East.

Best wind direction: North/North-east at the north end of the bay.

Worst wind direction: West

Tide: Works in any state.

What’s on the bottom?: Sand.

Any hazards: Some rocks in the middle of the bay but loads of room.

Suitability/levels: All, but this is not a wave sailing beach.

 

Balephuil

Beach faces: South/South-west.

Best wind direction: North-west.

Worst wind direction: South or South-west.

Tide: Wind shadow at high tide from the sand dunes & cliffs.

What’s on the bottom?: Sand.

Any hazards: None.

Suitability/levels: Can be quite gnarly in a north-west blow.