The Isle of Tiree is a beautiful but fragile place. Our remote rural community is constantly challenged by a need to balance the interests of recreation, tourism, traditional crofting and nature conservation. Tiree Community Development Trust is at the forefront of efforts to manage these relationships positively.
We are a small island of less than 80km². Only 650 people live here year-round. Yet, in 2017, more than 27,000 people chose to visit us! Many guests come to Tiree to enjoy surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Indeed, Tiree hosts the longest running international windsurfing competition in the world!
While guests play a vital role in supporting our rural economy and way of life, it is clear that increasing vehicle pressure must be carefully managed to safeguard our very special landscape.
Tiree Community Development Trust, with a number of funding partners and stakeholders, aim to reduce damage to our machair habitat by offering sustainable and visually low-impact beach parking areas. The cost of implementing this project is likely to be around £250,000.
Sustainable beach access is vital to our remote rural economy. It improves our visitor experience and overall tourism offer; benefiting everything from our wider community, to businesses, to sporting events, to traditional agriculture, to threatened wildlife and habitats.
It has taken 12-months of tireless struggling, against tight deadlines and numerous stumbling blocks, to reach our current position. We now have 80% of the necessary funding in place. However, if this project is to proceed, Tiree Trust and our project partners still face a significant gap. We're working very hard - but any final shortfall for this project must be bridged by our community.
Tiree seeks always to meet the needs of our valued guests, but our community cannot bear the cost of this alone.
Can you help us to achieve our goal?
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