Fàilte oirbh!

Welcome to An Iodhlann, the historical centre on the island of Tiree.  Tiree, the outermost of the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland, is an island of dazzling beaches, flower-strewn meadows and a powerful history.

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An Iodhlann, pronounced ‘an-ee-lun’, is Gaelic for the stackyard where the harvest is stored.

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.

This website allows you to see and hear 400 hand-picked ‘crown jewels’ of our collection. See our new collection of exhibition texts.

If you want more information about anything you see or hear on this site, don’t hesitate to contact us.

A wreath dedicated to the people of Tiree during WWII will be thrown overboard from one of the Cunard shipping fleet in the next couple of days. It commemorates the wrecking of the destroyer HMS Sturdy on the rocks at Sandaig during a storm in October 1940. Five lives were lost, but were it not for the actions of Tiree folk, in particular Captain Donald Sinclair, the toll would have been much higher.

We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Argyll and the Isles Enterprise and Scottish Natural Heritage for funding this website.

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