Tiree: beach and beats

The first time I went to Tiree was magical; weather that turned the sea a vibrant turquoise, waves perfect for surfing, and a very small but superb music festival. It was my introduction to the likes of Mànran and Skerryvore – bands from the islands with a large local following and a stage full of trad instruments.  Could a second trip to the Tiree Music Festival live up to my expectations?

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It’s still classed as a small music festival but had expanded considerably. Two campsites, one for families was a nice touch.  Coffee, cake and ceramic painting courtesy of Beachcomber. Beach party on Friday with a live band on the beach and poi a plenty.  Loads more people, some never making it out the campsite.

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What remained was the most spectacular location for a music festival with the white sand of Crossapol, a friendly community vibe, fantastic music from old favourites and the discovery of new bands such as Breabach.

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A day surfing and another paddle boarding.  Blessed to have a Maldives on our doorstep and once again, the island famed for it’s hours of sunshine over the summer lived up to it’s reputation.

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imageAs soon as you step off the ferry Tiree captures you and gets into your soul. I’ve made a wee video of the trip: http://vimeo.com/71196245

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