Name: The Tiree Lodge Hotel Where: Isle of Tiree, Scotland. Owner: Freehouse pub owned by Colin Beattie & George MacLean. Main beers: Guiness/McEwans/Fosters. Average cost of a beer: £2.10 for a pint, £1.40 for a shot + mixer. Specialist/House drink: Green Chartreuse or alternatively the Auld Alliance. Be warned, it should carry a government health warning! What is it? One of only two pubs on the Isle of Tiree, The Lodge, although in serious need of refurbishment has a certain charm with it’s peeling wall paper, worn through carpets and some of the most miserable bar maids in the Western Isles! It is the watering hole for serious local drinkers. Come Friday and Saturday night however, the youth of Tiree turn it into a lively affair drinking even more than the incumbent residents who prop up the bar.
However, come October every year the Tiree Wave Classic descends on the Island bringing with it the UK’s best wave sailors, over 50 vans, a few camera crews and plenty of flags! Last year the free beer & entertainment was provided by Fosters, this year it was Corona. Each night of the event has a certain theme with music nights, quiz nights, party games etc which all end up with late night debauchery. Nothing gets going until half eleven at night and it stops when the last person is done/fallen over.
Pro & Amateur Tales: Each year, the Lodge provides life-changing incidents for pros & amateurs sailors alike as the whiskey takes hold and inhibition is thrown into the approaching gales. Here are just a few tales:
Tris Boxford & Timo Mullen, tops off, mock fighting in the reception area.
Chris Murray & Pip Pardoe dressing up in bikinis to parade along side Miss Scotland in the swimsuit fashion show, in the pub, at around midnight .
Amateur sailor, Ian Gibson, enjoying the highland jig so much that he fell off the table he was on, hit the old knackers on the way down, landed badly, broke his ankle and was airlifted off the island the next day.
The night of the kitchen fire which has absolutely nothing to do with any of the sailors, but we all got the blame anyway. The voluntary fire engine turned up, so everyone simply moved the party outside whilst the blaze was tackled, then we all went back into the pub to carry on with the lingering smoke adding to the disco lighting set up.
Go there if……you want a cracking night of Scottish music, cheeky barmaids, whiskey on tap, fight with the locals (only joking, they’re lovely people).
Don’t go there if………the forecast is looking good and you’re planning to do well during the next day of competition.