Croft Camping

If you plan to camp and are arriving with a vehicle, please reserve an overnight pitch before your visit to Tiree. Overnight pitches are located either at the privately managed Wild Diamond Campsite in Balinoe, or on one of our Croft Camping sites.

Five Steps to Booking a Croft Camping Site:

1/ Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section
to zap the most common queries

2/ Use the map below to locate your preferred croft site(s)

3/ Download and complete the Pitch Request Form

4/ Check that you have understood the Scottish Outdoor Access Code
(including specific guidance for pet owners) and Croft Camping Scheme Rules

5/ Return your completed Pitch Request Form to: camping@tireetrust.org.uk

Croft Camping FAQ:

Q
. CalMac say that I need to book a camping pitch before I can book my ferry crossing - what do I need to do?
A. This CalMac message helps our community by ensuring that all guests are aware of our camping policy in advance of their arrival.

Now that you have accessed this information and are aware of the need to reserve an overnight pitch, please book your ferry crossing. Capacity on our croft sites is very rarely an issue - but sailings during the main visitor season fill up quickly. Once you have secured your ferry crossing, please book your croft camping sites(s) as above.

Q. Do croft sites have services (such as hook-up, drinking water, toilets)?
A. No. Croft sites are unserviced green-field pitches. Some croft sites offer fresh water for their guests, and this is detailed in the site description. Central facilities are available in Scarinish.

Q. How many pitches are there at each site?
A. On each croft site, three pitches are available to book per night. We cannot accommodate larger groups on a single croft.
Note that on-location camping for events (such as Tiree Music Festival or the 10k/Half-/Ultra-Marathon is not arranged through the croft camping scheme.

Q. Can I use an awning or tent with my vehicle, and still pay for a single pitch?
A. This is at the discretion of Tiree Ranger Service (via the Tiree Trust office).

In most cases, the following are considered to represent one pitch:
One motorcycle with one tent
One car with one tent
One campervan with one awning
One motorhome with one awning
One car with one caravan

Q. Can we choose our croft sites ‘as we go’ rather than booking them all in advance?
A. No. Though this has been allowed previously to a limited extent, the additional administrative work is unsustainable. We now offer more detailed information about each site, to help our guests plan their visit in advance and make choices appropriate to their needs.

Q. I want a croft site with XYZ. Which one should I book?
A.  Detailed information about what each site can offer in terms of access, scenery, wildlife and watersports is contained in the site descriptions. In the interest of fairness, we encourage guests to make an informed choice to suit their needs based on this information. Scheme administrators are not able to recommend individual sites.

Q. Do croft sites allow dogs?
A. Yes. Responsible pet owners are very welcome. Pets must be kept under proper control and away from livestock.

Croft site owners are asked to keep their camping pitches stock-free from April until October each year. However, there will almost certainly be livestock in the immediate area.

Tiree is an agricultural landscape. Many first-time guests underestimate the density of livestock found here, and are not fully equipped to manage their pets accordingly. We strongly advise viewing this helpful guidance.

Sheep and cattle occur all over the island, including on our roads and on our beaches.

Q.  Will there be sheep or cattle close to the camping pitches?
A. Yes. Tiree is an agricultural landscape. Many first-time guests underestimate the density of livestock found here.

Croft site owners are asked to keep their camping pitches stock-free from April until October each year. However, there will almost certainly be livestock in the immediate area.

Occasionally, sheep and cattle find their way onto the camping pitches. If this happens, contact Tiree Ranger Service (via the Tiree Trust office) for assistance.

Sheep and cattle occur all over the island, including on our roads and on our beaches. Pet owners are strongly advised to view this helpful guidance.

Q. Where does our money go?
A.  Croft sites are charged at £12 per pitch, per night.

£9 of this payment is given to the croft site owner as a lump sum at the end of each year. The croft camping scheme provides a valuable source of additional income (particularly for some of our vulnerable residents); helping to diversify croft activity and support Tiree’s remote rural economy.

£3 is retained by Tiree Ranger Service as a contribution towards the cost of administrating the scheme.  Administration of the croft camping scheme requires considerable time and resources. In purely financial terms, this contribution does not cover our costs. However, Tiree Ranger Service attaches a high value to the ‘soft’ benefits of administrating the scheme - such as providing a service for our community; supporting the agricultural sector; offering an improved visitor experience; and safeguarding Tiree’s conservation interests.

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Tiree Trust and Ranger Service Contact Details:
Office hours are 09:00 - 16:00 from Monday to Friday.
During July and August only (peak season) the office is
open until 12:30 at weekends.

Tiree Community Development Trust
also Tiree Ranger Service office - 01879 220 074

Croft Camping Scheme
for booking enquiries or amendments: camping@tireetrust.org.uk

Tiree Ranger Service
for general assistance and out-of-hours: ranger@tireetrust.org.uk

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Arrival Instructions for Croft Camping Guests:

Previously we requested that guests liaised with the ranger at the ferry terminal. However, parking has become difficult; especially for larger vehicles and when there is a line of disembarking traffic behind. We now ask that you visit the Tiree Community Development Trust office.

Once your ferry has docked, please proceed to the Tiree Community Development Trust office in Crossapol. This will allow you to ask questions about your visit, collect maps and information leaflets, and make any outstanding payments.

For those arriving on an evening boat or on off-peak weekends, please go directly to your croft site and visit the Trust during the office hours listed above.

Directions to the Tiree Community Development Trust office:
After disembarking, follow the road to the first junction;
Turn left at this junction, through the township of Scarinish;
Continue on this road without turning for approximately 4-miles;
Once you pass through the first chicane, take an immediate left into the Trust carpark;
Go through the left-hand door, and proceed through the foyer into our office.

Croft Site Locations and Information

All designated sites are on firm ground and are fenced. They are all marked with a small green croft site logo. As all sites are on working crofts, sheep and cattle are never far away, so dogs should be kept under control and preferably on a lead at all times.


 

DOWNLOADABLE A4 PDF FILES OF CROFT SITE DETAILS AND
LOCATIONS CAN BE FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.

What You Get

The charge for Croft Camping is £12/pitch/night. Croft Camping sites are
un-serviced green-field pitches; however, central facilities are available:

- FREE glossy visitor maps and information pamphlets

- FREE attendance at one Ranger Guided Walk (for Croft Camping participants)

- FREE fresh water for vehicle reservoirs at Scarinish

- FREE chemical waste disposal at Scarinish

Why We Want You to Use a Booked Site

We have a very fragile but beautiful environment on Tiree (Machair grass). This does not stand up to continued use by motor vehicles and can become damaged very quickly. Tiree is also well known for its wildlife, in particular the many species of birds that are found here. At certain times of the year we have many ground nesting birds, which can easily be disturbed by vehicles. By using a croft site, or the campsite at Balinoe and marked parking areas around the island, you are helping us protect our environment and wildlife for future generations to enjoy.