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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.

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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.

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Featured Objects

Each month we display a selection of four or five items of special interest. With lambing in full swing, we thought we’d feature some archive items about sheep. If there is anything that you think would be of particular interest to others, .

Latest News

  • ‘Written in the Landscape’ goes ahead - An Iodhlann has just heard that the Written in the Landscape project, led by Argyll and Bute Council Archives and the Argyll Papers at Inveraray Castle, will be starting very soon. The funding gap has been completed and Inverary Archives is about to advertise two project archivist posts. Click here to find out more: written in […]
  • Bronze Age hoard needs help - In 2015, a hoard of Bronze Age swords and spears were discovered on the Isle of Coll. They are now being cared for by Kilmartin Museum, but need additional funding to conserve them for future generations of history enthusiasts. If you can help, please click on the image for further information.
  • An Iodhlann receives £10,000 to excavate - The Heritage Lottery Fund has granted An Iodhlann £10,000 to organise the excavation of what is thought to be a Bronze Age, or even Viking, grave at Kirkapol. The excavation will be led by professional archaeologists who will be looking for assistance from local volunteers. Watch this space for more information…