The inspiration behind Gneiss Earl Grey is the rock which forms the Skerryvore reef, and the stunning lighthouse which sits upon it.
Wikipedia describes it as “built with some difficulty between 1838 and 1844”, which is a fair assessment. 11 miles offshore, and at a height of 156 feet (48 metres) it is the tallest lighthouse in Scotland. The lighthouse was automated in 1994.
You can take a trip out to the lighthouse with Tiree Sea Tours during the summer, which we would highly recommend!
We would also recommend the dedicated Skerryvore Lighthouse Museum at Hynish in Tiree. The exhibition records the fascinating account of the hazardous Skerryvore reef and the design and construction of the lighthouse. It was the brainchild of Alan Stevenson, uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson. The museum features unique examples of industrial archaeology, a scale model of the lighthouse and interpretation material of general and educational interest. The property was restored by the Hebridean Trust and the visitor donations contribute towards the future maintenance.
You can read more about the lighthouse on the Northern Lighthouse Board site.
Skerryvore is also the name of band with their roots firmly in Tiree! You can find them here, and are likely to hear their tunes as you tour Tiree!
Gneiss (Earl Grey)
An earl grey topped with lighter notes.