Tiree has no hills to break the Atlantic winds and form clouds, which means it is not only one of the sunniest spots in the UK but also one of the the windiest, with an average yearly wind speed of 18mph. Combine this with the stunning white sand beaches and it is no surprise that it has become a major destination for adventurous windsurfers and kiteboarders. With beaches all round the island there is an ideal spot for every wind direction, and as the Atlantic swells rolling in undisturbed from the far horizon it is the ideal place to hold the UK Wavesailing championships.
Tiree has hosted an open level windsurfing contest every October for over 20 years in the shape of the Tiree Wave Classic, but in 2007 the event moved up a gear when the island hosted the Corona Extra PWA World Cup from 6 to 13 October. This was the first ever PWA Windsurfing World Cup to be staged in Scotland, and provided a worthy challenge for windsurfing’s elite competitors.
Kiteboarding is the latest wind-driven water sport. It involves using a power kite to pull a rider through the water on a small surfboard or kiteboard. The kiteboarder uses a board with foot-straps or bindings, combined with the power of a large controllable kite to propel himself and the board across the water. The sport is still in its infancy, but is rapidly growing in popularity. In 2006, the number of kitesurfers was been estimated at around 150,000 to 200,000.
The sport is becoming safer due to innovations in kite design, safety release systems, and instruction. Tiree has proved to be a perfect place for kitesurfing with it’s long sandy beaches and steady Atlantic breezes, and now you can learn the sport from local firm Wild Diamond Watersports‘ professional instructors.
The regular surfing is also excellent on Tiree, and friendly, experienced tuition on beautiful white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters make it an ideal surfing holiday spot for complete beginners to learn or for intermediates to improve.
Kayak hire is also available at Gott Bay. It provides the perfect opportunity for families of all ages to enjoy a leisurely recreational activity together on the water.