*Proof that you do not need a fancy camera to show the beauty of the beaches of Tiree*
Most folk after they finish school head out no some sort of celebration trip with their friends: "lads on tour", "girls holiday". A lot of people I know began their gap years with a trip to Australia, or partied in Ibiza or Kavos. But me and my girls? With a slight lack of money, we didn't have those as an option. So we decided to head to the almost-deserted island of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides!
For most that probably sounds like the most boring trip a group of 17-18 year olds could go on. But it was exactly what we wanted: a little escape from the norm and some chill time after so many (at the time it felt horrific) years of school.
*Don't forget to embrace the early morning road trip to grab some stunning photos on the way to Oban*
It started with an early rise and a good, old-fashioned road trip up over to Oban where we hopped on a 3 hour ferry to our destination. I didn't see any wildlife on the ferry over, but two of the girls who joined us a couple of days later saw some basking sharks! So it's worthwhile getting a seat outside if you're wildlife enthusiast and the weather permits!
*Cow wandering around on the beach, and a herd of cows ripping up a fence...*
When not exploring the beaches or having a few drinks, we did hit the waves. This was the first time I tried surfing, and it has stuck with me ever since, even though I didn't try it again until January 2016 in Australia! We met up with the local surf instructor, Suds. He runs his own surf school out of an old horse trailer. One of the girls had been surfing with him before, and after our intial lesson, we decided to keep hiring while we were there. It was a trust-thing, as he'd leave his surf equipment at the beach for us to use when we liked, then we'd square up the payment with him at the end of the holiday. That's something you don't get in larger, busier places: trust. The surf was fantastic. Sometimes the waves were too big for us beginners, so we'd watch Suds and his pal pro-surf the bigger waves, which was pretty inspiring to watch. Tiree hosts the Tiree Wave Classic every year, a well-established event on the British calendar, so it's well known for it's incredible waves.
*Ready for surfing! Me on the far right, crumbles with embarassment*
If you do visit Tiree, check out www.surfschoolscotland.co.uk and www.isleoftiree.com for more information :)
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