Tiree is the most westerly of the Inner Hebrides and the Argyll Islands. Tiree has a much larger population than equivalent sized islands. At the 2011 Census the population was 653 – three times the populations of its near neighbour Coll (195). However the population has fallen substantially in recent years with a 15% drop from a population of 770 in 2001. The population is spread between the main village of Scarinish, and numerous smaller crofting communities.
The island has its own high school and a number of primary schools. The main industries on the island are tourism – including windsurfing, agriculture, crofting, and fishing .
Argyll and Bute Council are currently working in partnership with ACHA and the owners of empty homes in order to renovate properties to a high standard and bring them back into use as affordable housing for the community. Click here to view properties available for rent on Tiree.
For an overview of the number of housing association properties on Tiree, click here.
Housing for Sale
Most housing on Tiree is privately owned. There are a limited number of houses sold every year and there is often strong demand increasing local house prices.
The Scottish Government promotes initiatives to help first time buyers, but some like the Help to Buy scheme and the MI New Home initiatives are mainly available for new build housing in locations outside of the Hebrides.
Open Market LIFT may be accessible, however access to financial support is currently limited and house price thresholds are low. In Tiree, the low threshold means there are few if any houses coming on the market where Open Market LIFT would be relevant. Many islands also have few house sales limiting this option – it is not available for self build.
Islanders may also be able to get help to buy through the Mortgage Guarantee Scheme
Information on houses are currently for sale on Tiree can be found here and at the following:
Recent house prices can be viewed here
Private Rented Housing
Information on properties available for rent can be found at the following locations:
HomeArgyll provides detailed information about housing options across Argyll. Click on the logo for their information on Tiree. Click here to complete a Home Argyll housing options assessment.