Croft Camping

Croft Camping Bookings Update 17th March 2021

After the Scottish Government update yesterday, the 16th of March, it now looks like we can work towards the Croft Camping Sites opening to welcome visitors from the 17th of May onwards. This is when travel is proposed to be allowed out-with Local Authority areas. There is currently a review underway to see if travel will be allowed to the islands for those coming from mainland Argyll and Bute from the 26th of April but this won’t be announced until the beginning of April so we have made the decision for the meantime to stick to the 17th of May.

How this affects bookings.  Bookings for the 17th of May until the 27th of June will now open on Monday the 22nd of March from 9am.  Bookings for the 28th of June onwards are already open

When booking please ensure you read all the information below including the current Croft Camping Scheme Covid policy, as all bookings will be provisional, and fill in a booking form. We will also require a proof of address on booking in the form of a screenshot/scan/photo of a driving licence or utility bill.

We appreciate it has been a difficult year for everyone but we thank you for your patience in regard to this as we ensure everyone has a Covid safe visit.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch at camping@tireetrust.org.uk

Six Steps to Booking a Croft Camping Site:

1/ Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section 
to see 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/ Check that you have read and understood the Covid-10 Policy for using the Croft Camping Sites
6/ Return your completed Pitch Request Form & proof of address 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 - except for Site 13. 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:

The Ranger office will remain closed for the time being due to COVID-19 restrictions. Once your ferry has docked, The Ranger will meet you at the terminal. Look out for the white Ranger Van and the Ranger. Please find somewhere safe to park out of the way of other ferry traffic. The Ranger will give you your welcome pack and answer any questions you may have. The Ranger also will advise what you need to do if you need to get in contact after your arrival. 

For queries during your stay office hours are 09:00 – 16:00 from Monday to Friday. During July and August only (peak season) the office is open between 11:00 and 12:30 at weekends.

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.

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