By telephone: (+44) 01879 220793
By post: An Iodhlann, Scarinish, Isle of Tiree, Argyll, PA77 6UH, Scotland
An Iodhlann, Sgairinis, Eilean Thiriodh, Earra-Ghàidheal, PA77 6UH, Alba
If you can, do come and see us in person! You can find us next to the Co-op in Scarinish. Admission is now FREE!
- July and August – Monday to Friday 11:00 – 5:00
- September to June – Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 – 1:00
Who are we?
Our management committee is made up of about 15 volunteers from the island. All are enthusiastic amateur historians with the skills and knowledge needed to run a small but effective island historical centre. The Chairman and main driving force behind the centre is Dr John Holliday, one of Tiree’s former doctors. If you would like to discuss a particular topic in person, please contact Dr Holliday at , or telephone 01879 220385 | 07786 496275.
Our archive manager, Janet Bowler, catalogues and cares for our library and historical artefacts, documents, photographs and audio recordings. She welcomes and assists visitors, and searches the archive in response to specific queries. Janet can be contacted at or telephone 01879 220793. You can find her in An Iodhlann on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9am-1pm.
While we will miss Duncan Grant’s extensive knowledge of the island, its people and his genealogical skills, we are delighted to welcome our new genealogist, Flo Straker, who has worked closely with Duncan over the past 10 years, and is herself experienced in tracing Tiree ancestors, including her own. You can contact Flo directly at
We are also fortunate to have Anna MacDonald working with us at the moment. Anna is helping to keep An Iodhlann open on additional days, greeting visitors and transcribing our Gaelic audio recordings.
Our cheery band of summer volunteers help us to keep the centre open all day in the busy July to August period. They meet and greet visitors and are always keen to chat and impart their extensive local knowledge.
We began collecting in about 1995, then quickly realised that we would need somewhere new to store and display everything. The Reading Room (re-named An Iodhlann) was purchased, restored and extended. And the rest is … well… history.
What do we collect and how?
All of the items in An Iodhlann’s archive have arrived via generous donations and research. If you have an item that you think would be at home in An Iodhlann, do not hesitate to contact us. We are always delighted to see new material and to find out all about its history. Click here to view our Acquisitions Policy.
How are we funded?
We are extremely fortunate to be supported by the generosity of people and organisations both at home and abroad, and are largely funded by donations, membership subscriptions and grants. We are especially grateful to our major funders, which include the Tiree Community Windfall Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Support our work
If you would like to make a donation to support the work of An Iodhlann please click the Donate button below. Scottish Charity SC022642 – Tiree & Coll Gaelic Partnership / Co-roinn Ghaidhlig Thiriodh ‘s Cholla