Morton Boyd House
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House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Ideal for a get away from it all family/friends holiday.
Watersports, wildlife and birdwatching opportunities.
Part of the Category A listed lighthouse establishment built for the construction and servicing of Skerryvore lighthouse, Morton Boyd House is a stone built ground floor property enjoying a wonderful, peaceful location close to the small beach at Hynish. Comfortably furnished throughout with large sitting/dining room.
SLEEPS 8 (MORE THAN 8 GUESTS? SEE ADJACENT PROPERTIES 285097 & 285612)
Fully equipped modern kitchen
Two twin bedrooms (two people per room)
Two bedrooms that sleep two people (a bunk bed in each room)
All rooms centrally heated
Bathroom (wheelchair accessible)
The property was restored by the Hebridean Trust (www.hebrideantrust.org) and the letting income contributes towards the future maintenance. The Hebridean Trust Limited (known as The Hebridean Trust) is a charity registered in Scotland (SC038956) and in England and Wales (285629). The Hebridean Trust Limited is a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 1653639 and registered at 75a Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||50 metres|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow, Oban|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Hebrides/Skye region
The Isle of Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides. It is relatively small - about twelve miles long and three miles wide - and very flat. Tiree's coastline has an array of wonderful white sand beaches, which are often deserted.
The island has a mild climate and is one of the sunniest places in Britain. It benefits from the moderating influence of the Gulf Stream ensuring that frost is rare, winter temperatures are generally higher than on the mainland and evenings in mid-summer are warm and balmy. Tiree is also known as a windy place. The advantage is that midges are almost non-existent in summer.
If you seek tranquillity, freedom of space and clean pure air, the Isle of Tiree has it all. The sky and sea stretch from horizon to horizon. With no woodland and only three sizeable hills on an otherwise flat landscape, there is nothing to obscure the view. The only sounds you are likely to hear are the waves lapping on the vast expanses of white sand beaches and a myriad of birdcalls, making it an ideal holiday destination for families and experienced travellers alike.
In the bay in front of Morton Boyd House you can spot basking shark, seal and otter. Take a stroll in the area around Morton Boyd House and you can hear corncrake and see lapwing and kittiwake. Naturalists can enjoy rare orchids and butterflies and witness the flowering of the Machair (rich seaside grassland).
The island hosts an annual music festival in July and is a popular windsurfing venue, hosting an international competition in October.
Tiree is known for its vernacular architecture, including 'blackhouses' and 'white houses', many retaining their traditional thatched roofs, as well as its unique 'pudding' or 'spotted houses' where only the mortar is painted white. Tiree's friendly people include many Gaelic speakers. From time to time there are Gaelic cultural events on the island.
Isle of Tiree
Hynish is the place that Alan Stevenson chose in 1838 as the base for the building of the Skerryvore lighthouse and later as the shore station for the lighthouse keepers and their families. Morton Boyd House was originally built as the smithy and has been restored and given a new purpose by The Hebridean Trust, founded in 1982 to preserve the unique Hebridean way of life.
One of the other listed buildings in Hynish is home to The Story of Skerryvore Lighthouse exhibition. This exhibition records the fascinating account of the hazardous Skerryvore reef, 10 nautical miles to the south west of the Isle of Tiree, and the design and construction of the tallest lighthouse in Scotland by Alan Stevenson, uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson. It features unique examples of industrial archaeology, a scale model of the lighthouse and interpretation material of general and educational interest.
Visitors to Hynish can also enjoy the Treshnish Isles natural history exhibition. This exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the enchanted Treshnish Isles, which are visible from the Isle of Tiree and are owned and managed by the Hebridean Trust. Enjoying the Treshnish Isles whilst on Tiree helps to conserve a highly sensitive environment and to protect the seabird colonies, including puffins, razorbills, guillemots and petrels, that rely on the Treshnish Isles as an annual breeding ground. Visitors can experience the natural history of the Treshnish Isles through stunning displays, a scale model of the islands and audio visual material.
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5 Sep 2013
"very comfortable accommodation"
6 of us shared this accommodation in August and we were all very happy and comfortable here. Plenty of space, enough bathroom/shower rooms. We were part of a larger group who were staying at Alan Stevenson House and enjoyed our stay on the island of Tiree.
8 May 2013
"A lovely stay"
We stayed here for the bank holiday in May. We were met by Monica who was very friendly and happy to help us. She showed us around and gave us information about the island. There were six adults in our group and the house was an ideal size with two very spacious twin rooms and two smaller rooms with bunk beds. There are also 2 big bathrooms and another separate toilet. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great while we were there but we were able to keep the house warm with the heaters in each room. We got a take away for the first night and then cooked in the house on the second night as the cooking facilities were perfect. On the day we left Monica was unsure whether the planes would fly but she very kindly said she would leave the house as it was incase we couldn't go home and would clean the house when she was sure we had left the island. This was such a good break and the cosy house made it all the more enjoyable.
22 Feb 2013
"An excellent base to explore Tiree"
This was our second visit as a large group. A warm welcome as usual!
Centre modern and very comfortable. Fabulous position right next to the sea. Plenty of room. The bedrooms are clean and comfortable. Lots of showers.
The staff couldn't do enough for you and the food was excellent.
Great value and a very friendly ambience.
25 Jan 2013
"Welcoming hospitality and first-class facilities in a beautiful location"
A group of us stayed in Morton Boyd House to run Tog Studio, a summer school for architects and engineers who want to learn practical building skills. Monica and Lesley were the perfect hosts - they worked around our needs (which changed frequently!) and provided delicious home-cooked meals every day (which we requested in advance). In addition to this the facilities were exactly what we were looking for (lots of bedrooms for two people, kitchen, bathrooms and large communal room) whilst the historic building was charming and the setting was breath-taking. We immediately booked next years accommodation before leaving!
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