The Hynish Heritage Trail
The Hynish Heritage Trail
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  • Titch-the-Witch
    Romanel, Switzerland295 contributions
    Worth a visit
    I had a good wander round here on my first day on the island. The museum is interesting with loads of information about the building of the lighthouse and the life surrounding it. There was also an honesty stall just around the corner where I bought some locally made body scrub and lip balm. There were also edible sweet goodies for sale. The leaflet said you could go into the Signal Tower but it was locked when I tried to enter.
    Written August 17, 2022
  • Andrew R
    Four Marks, United Kingdom37 contributions
    QUiet peaceful place
    Went to the area twice during my stay. Such a peaceful place to sit and also wander round looking at the old lighthouse station facilities. The museum about Skerryvore lighthouse was so interesting, great if you can go on one of the Tiree Seatours trips out to the lighthouse, as I did. Well worth a visit to the area.
    Written June 28, 2022
  • Rantin rover
    Biggar, United Kingdom8,629 contributions
    The story of Skerryvore Lighthouse
    Hynish appears to be a motley collection of buildings which differ from the more traditional styles seen everywhere else on the island. It was established as the nearest landbase to service the building and maintenance of the Skerryvore Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Scotland. The lighthouse is visible on a clear day despite being located over 10 nautical miles off the coast although it also helps to have binoculars. Alan Stevenson, uncle of writer Robert Louis Stevenson, was chief engineer for the project which spanned seven years, four of which involved the actual construction, from 1840 to 1844. The story of how the lighthouse was built and maintained by lighthouse keepers until it was eventually automated in 1994 is told in a small museum housed in the old smithy and workshops next to the harbour. It is open May to September and entry is free however donations are welcomed. The museum has interpretation boards with loads of information and there are also some artefacts including an original warning fog bell and fog horn apparatus, personal belongings of the lighthouse keepers and a display of rock types (the lighthouse is built of gneiss which was locally quarried at Hynish and granite from Mull). The harbour from where the materials were shipped during the construction is cleverly made itself with a flushing system, fed from a reservoir near the site, to clear out sand and seaweed which would otherwise make it inoperable. Other buildings on the site have been restored for accommodation purposes including the unusual looking lighthouse keepers cottages which are occupied by locals. The cowsheds have been restored to house an exhibition about the Treshnish Isles which includes a video documenting the wildlife there. The Hebridean Trust have been responsible for the restoration work and the staff we met were friendly and helpful. There are lovely views from the site and it is possible to walk from here to Happy Valley nearby where RAF personnel used to enjoy freetime when based on the island. The route is partly covered on road, farm tracks, sheep tracks and no tracks over ground with varying surfaces and involves negotiating past an electric fence so it is not for those less able. We basically kept heading in the general direction of the furthest headland hoping for a clearer view of the lighthouse. The valley is quite sheltered and there is a pebble beach beyond. You don’t really get a clearer view of the lighthouse however it was an enjoyable walk - plenty of sheep and cattle graze along the beach and shoreline and we even spotted some seals “sunbathing” in the water with their heads bobbing about the surface. On our return we stuck close to the coastline however in foregoing the road there are limited options for getting over fences at some points and a keen eye is required to spot the easier options at corner sections. (A farmer had less than helpfully steered us in this direction, past his dumping ground, rather than through the steading!). There are toilets at the Museum however at the time of our visit (possibly early season) there were no facilities for refreshment so take your own picnic.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2015
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HSMTIS
Cornwall, UK32 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
Such a beautiful and peaceful place to sit and relax in the sun, where all the stresses and worries of the real world just seem to drift away
Written June 10, 2021
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Ruth
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Jun 2019 • Couples
A fantastic meal in the evening here at He the pier cafe restaraunt, beautiful lemon sole! really lovely friendly relaxed atmosphere with lovely staff who absolutely genuinely want to talk to you and make it a lovely stay. A very comfy sleep in the Hynish centre itself, an amazing setting (treated to a stunning display of noctillucent clouds in the early morning too!) All so much appreciated after walking 12 miles in 30° heat on Tiree, couldn't ask for better. Thank you!
Written June 29, 2019
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Lollie B
Krakow, Poland30 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
The exhibitions about the building of skerryvore lighthouse and the treshnish islands were amazing and really well organised and planned. Great multi media and information. £3 donation asked and relies on honesty as not manned.... there is a cafe there open mon-fri 12-3pm which we missed
Written October 1, 2017
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Ian C
Wirral, UK194 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
Cycled a tour of Tiree and had read about the Alan Stevenson connection so sought out the museum. Very clearly set out and lots to see externally. the adjacent beach is great for a swim.
Written August 24, 2017
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John B
56 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
We were touring Tiree on a day trip from Coll and had been told that we must visit the Hynish Heritage hamlet. What an unexpected gem! It was not only fascinating as a historical site but also full of information about the construction of the Skerryvore lighthouse that was absolutely amazing. We were delighted that the buildings are in the process of being restored and are being put back into practical use as homes for local residents and holiday cottages for visitors to the island. It is well worth visiting.
Written August 27, 2016
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Ali M
St. Andrews, UK49 contributions
Aug 2022
Museum is fascinating and offers a real insight in the building of the Skerryvore Lighthouse.
This is a hidden diamond on the island and we only found it by chance
Written August 14, 2022
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happyholidays8
Melrose, UK298 contributions
May 2019
We were staying in the cottage adjacent to this but we would have visited earlier. Spent an interesting couple of hours studying the local history.
Written December 21, 2019
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KenScott2017
County Durham, UK21 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We visited twice during our stay on the island. The first time was in the campervan, to visit the very informative Skerryvore Lighthouse exhibition, a must if you’re a fan of the Stevenson’s engineering feats.
On that occasion, the pier restaurant wasn’t open at lunch time, so a few days later we cycled over from our Croft campsite and had a lovely lunchtime meal there.
Written July 11, 2019
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Gary H
Glasgow, UK256 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We went to the centre several times during our stay on Tiree. The information centre is brilliant and informative, the walks are very interesting and the beach is a bit of a sun trap and, I was told, a place to see visiting otters. The Peir restaurant is a real gem. The food is local and all of the meals are cooked for you from scratch whilst you wait. The staff are tremendous - very informative and enthusiastic about what they do. Crystal was particularly helpful - a great source of local knowledge - gave us some tips on places to visit which enhanced our visit of Tiree. Great place and great staff - don't miss it.
Written June 22, 2019
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Liz P
7 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
This was an excellent museum full of interesting details about Skerry Voe. All exhibits and information were set out very well.
Written April 5, 2019
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