Friday, 4 November 2016

Five reasons why Tiree is windsurfing heaven

I spent the whole of October 2016 on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland and I was very reluctant to leave at the end. It is one of the most beautiful places that I have visited to date with amazing beaches, lots of sunshine and, most importantly, lots of wind!

It's long been known as a favourite spot for windsurfers in Scotland and people travel from far all over the world to come here. So, what makes it so special?

1. Wind and waves

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Tiree has a reputation for some fantastic wind and wave conditions. Arguably the best conditions will be in April/May and October/November but you'll almost certainly find wind and waves throughout the year. Check out the current forecast now at WindGuru and I'm sure you'll see wind there.

For the wave forecast you can check the conditions at the main beaches on the island through these Big Salty links:

2. Sunniest place in the UK

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Several sources, including The Guardian have claimed that Tiree is the sunniest place in Britain. The Independent call it 'the Hawaii of the North' and to make it even better the BBC claim that it's almost midge free! 

3. Beaches and a fresh water loch

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There are beaches facing every direction and all within a 15-20 minute drive of each other so no matter
where the wind or swell is coming from you should be able to find the perfect spot. For the beginners, or those that want to practice a bit of flat water freestyle, then there is Loch Bhasapol which is free to access, very safe and mostly shallow enough to stand up in.

4. Wild Diamond Watersports

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Willy McLean was raised on Tiree and has been windsurfing probably as long as he's been able to walk! He is an absolutely fantastic windsurfer and has been running Wild Diamond Watersports since 1998. He also hosts the Tiree Wave Classic which takes place in October each year. 

The tuition is excellent and the equipment in great condition. Don't just take my word for it though, check out the reviews over on their facebook page.

5. Millhouse Hostel

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David is a very keen windsurfer that's been coming to Tiree for around 30 years and now runs the Millhouse Hostel. I found him to be very welcoming, the hostel to be clean and well equipped but most importantly it has a drying room for damp wetsuits. This makes all the difference, especially if you're there during the colder months.

So that's my five reasons why Tiree is windsurfing heaven. Got anything to add? Tell me in the comments below.

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