Fàilte oirbh! Welcome to An Iodhlann, the historical centre on the island of Tiree. An Iodhlann, pronounced ‘an-ee-lun’, is Gaelic for the stackyard where the harvest is stored.
Tiree, the outermost of the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland, is an island of dazzling beaches, flower-strewn meadows, exuberant wildlife and a powerful history.
Since 1995 we have been collecting material about Tiree – old letters, emigrant lists, maps, reports, photographs, stories and songs. Stretching from the 3,000 million year old Lewissian gneiss which provides the bedrock of the island to last week’s cattle sale prices, we now cover almost everything about the island, its people and the wider diaspora in our 12,000 item collection.
If you want more information about anything you see or hear on this site, or if you have new information for us, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Each month we will display a selection of four or five items of special interest. Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of inviting a group from the neighbouring island of Coll to An Iodhlann, to discuss the possibility of a historical archive on that island. Here is a selection of the few Coll-related items that we hold in our archive. If there is anything that you think would be of particular interest to others, please let us know.
- WWII mine installed at An Iodhlann - A sea mine recently discovered under gravel on the Sandaig shore, is now on display outside An Iodhlann. When a Bomb Disposal Team dug up the mine on the 3rd of August, it was found to be empty of explosive, safe and reasonably intact. We have positioned it so that its innards are visible, as well as the locations of detonation […]
- Tiree Graves website launched - Catriona Smyth has completed her monumental survey of the Soroby and Kirkapol graveyards, producing a database of transcribed inscriptions (where legible) and photographs of all the stones, translations of any Gaelic inscriptions and cemetery maps showing the locations of all stones. This is all now available online via An Iodhlann's website or by visiting www.tireegraves.org.uk.
- Craggan comes home after 150 years - An earthenware pot that was made on Tiree at least 150 years ago, but which has been in the Bute Museum since at least 1879, came home last month. Click on the image to find out more.