Suds Surf School started on Tiree in 2004 and is the longest running surf school in the Hebrides.

We operate on Tiree in the summer months, in conjunction with Blackhouse Watersports. Tiree has waters warmed by the Gulf stream and year round waves from the consistent Atlantic swell. There are numerous beautiful white sandy beaches creating perfect conditions for learning to surf, as well as more challenging breaks for advanced surfers. 

Crystal-clear waters, sandy beaches and small rocky islands creates a wonderful coastline for standup paddleboarding, with the opportunity to share the water with a wealth of wildlife, such as seals, otters, birds and sometimes even basking sharks! 

Tiree is also the UK's sunniest place and, unusually for the west coast of Scotland, almost midge-free so is one of the best places in the UK to visit for watersports. 

Our usual location is at Balevullin beach in the north-west of the island but we are mobile and can move to alternative beaches to find optimum conditions.

Tiree info

  • Tiree Beach guide

    Balevullin. Beachbreak. Variable sand banks and a few fairly obvious rocks. Handles most swell sizes. Generally bigger mid to high tide but more hollow on low tide. Offshore in a south-easterly wind. Can produce the best barrels to be found on Tiree. The most surfed beach on the island. Easily accessed but park near to the track on the grass above the south-west end of the beach.

    Balephuil (or Travee). Beachbreak. Variable sand banks. Handles most swell sizes. Usually bigger than it looks. Best around mid to mid-high tide. Low tide is generally hollow but often closes out. High tide gets bigger but then becomes a bit wobbly as the sandbank gets too deep. The West end of the beach is protected slightly from the swell and wind due to the headland. Offshore in a northerly. Accessed by turning right beside the phone box overlooking the beach. Stay on the tarmac until you reach a gravel track. Turn left and carry along this until you cross a cattle grid beside the water board pump station. Turn left and follow the grass track until you’re above the beach.

    Crossapol. Beachbreak. Variable sandbanks. Needs a big swell as the waves have to wrap around the island reducing their size and power. Good for longboards but occassionally good on a shortboard. All tide states although bigger nearer high. Northerly winds are offshore.

    The Green. Beachbreak. All tides but bigger nearer high. Needs to be well overhead at Balevuillin for the swell to get in here. Can be good but often closes out. Offshore in a southwest to southeast as it’s a crescent shaped bay. Accessed by tracks leading to either ends of the beach. Please park carefully and stick to the tracks as you’ll know about it quickly if you don’t!

  • Travel


    Daily flights from Glasgow with Flybe and daily ferry from from Oban with Caledonian MacBrayne

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  • Other activities

    Kitesurfing and Sea Kayaking with Blackhouse Watersports. Crafts, pottery painting, food & real coffee at the Beachcomber. Lunch at the Farmhouse Cafe is recommended. For great real ales and evening meals try Ceabhar but book early to avoid disappointment

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