Resort Guide: Tiree, Scotland, United Kingdom

Balephetrish Reefs

Reefs Faces: Roughly North-west.

Best wind direction: South-westerly.

Worst wind direction: Southerly.

Tide: The bigger the swell the more water you want on the reefs to keep them manageable but big spring tides do not work.

What’s on the bottom?: Rock – and lots of it!

Any hazards: Wind direction & strength changes.

Suitability/Levels: An advanced level of sailing is recommended before taking the reefs on!

The Loch (Bhasapol)

This loch is home to Wild Diamond Windsurfing, an RYA Level 5 recognised centre. All levels are catered for in abundance. The large area of the loch in front of the launch area is shallow with a sandy bottom, perfect for learning. The Loch is also the windiest spot on the island in any wind with south in it and it can make a difference on those rare marginal days. The Loch is private however and a minimal launch fee is payable to Tiree Windsurfing Club.  Wild Diamond Windsurfing generally handle the payment of this fee.

Instruction and kit hire

Equipment hire as well as tuition for all levels is available from Wild Diamond Windsurfing. Wild Diamond also have a shop based behind the Tiree Lodge hotel at Gott Bay.  The shop has a full mail order service and additionally carries a full range of spares, hardware, wetsuits and other neoprene supplies at all times and is open year round (by arrangement during the quieter months).   

Willy Angus runs Wild Diamond and he is always on hand to give advice except when it’s going off, then he will be outsailingyou on the water! They also teach kitesurfing, surfing and you can rent a kayak off them for the no wind days. They will also help you source accommodation on the island. Go or contact Wily directly on +44 (0) 1879 220 399 or +44 (0) 77121 59205.