Walk Tiree

With our son leaving on the Tuesday evening ferry
his choice was to join the Tiree Ranger led walk
to Ben Hough’s summit from Balevullin
returning via the Maze beach.

Spindrift at Balevullin Beach
Spindrift at Balevullin Beach

When we first visited island in 2011
we enjoyed the Tiree Experience Tour
however there was no time to go walking on the island
but this did not matter as we had just walked the Rob Roy Way.

Looking up to an atmospheric Ben Hough
Looking up to an atmospheric Ben Hough

Returning in 2012 for a week’s holiday we enjoyed some island walks.
At that time the literature on walking Tiree appeared limited.
We now possess 2 copies of the ‘Pocket Walking Guide’:
WALKS: Isle of Mull, Coll and Tiree.
The book has 4 walks on Tiree.

Since moving to Tiree in August 2013 more information has materialised.
The Walking Highlands website now has a helpful list of walks.
The official Isle of Tiree website also includes a list of walks.
Additionally, pads with walks appeared in Island cafes.


The Tiree Heritage Society also produce a booklet.
It details a walk known as The Tiree Pilgrimage Route
It links places on the island with a Christian and pre-Christian significance.

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2016 saw the publication of a most helpful walking guide.
TIREE WALKS – 12 walks through an island landscape
with maps, descriptions and wildlife notes.
Great value at £10.

Ben Hough from the eaward side.
Ben Hough from the seaward side.

The walk we took part in is to be found on pages 40-43 of the book.
Steve, our guide, was informative, without being intrusive.
And it was enjoyable sharing the walk with others.

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At the beginning of the walk the weather was dull and grey.
As we climbed Ben Hough visibility was hampered by low cloud.
However by the time we reach the Maze beach we were in warm sunshine.
As we made our way back to Balevullin everyone was removing their coats.

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Thanks Steve and fellow walkers for an enjoyable, informative, walk.

Arriving back to a scene of surfing at Balevullin
Arriving back to a scene of surfing at Balevullin

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