Alan Stevenson House
Alan Stevenson House is a substantial stone built bunkhouse enjoying a peaceful location at the head of Hynish pier. Comfortably furnished throughout, with a sitting room featuring a solid fuel stove and tea and coffee facilities, an activity room with table tennis and a laundry and drying room.
Alan Stevenson House sleeps up to 20 people. Larger groups can also rent our nearby properties Morton Boyd House (sleeps 8) and The Cottage (sleeps 6/8).
Catered Group Visits
Groups of 8 and over can book bed, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner with exclusive-use of the first floor throughout the year.
All meals are served in the dining room at Alan Stevenson House (maximum seeting 36).
Self-catered Family Holidays
Between 1st October and 31st March groups of 16 and over can book self-catering with exclusive use of the whole property.
For both enquiries please complete the form below.
B&B for Travellers
Single visitors or small groups booking 7 days or less before their arrival for Bed & Breakfast are welcome throughout the year. You should call our Warden, Fiona Malcolm, on (01879) 220 045 or 730 to check availability and arrange your accommodation. The cost of a room for single occupancy is £40, the charge per person for sharing a room is £35 per person.
Hynish Pier Cafe and Restaurant
When there are no self catering groups at Alan Stevenson House we open the dining room to the public as The Hynish Pier Cafe (11am to 2pm) and The Hynish Pier Restaurant (6:30pm to 8pm.) We serve an a la carte menu using locally-sourced produce prepared by our professional chef. Bookings for the restaurant are essential as places are limited and fill up quickly. Phone Fiona on (01879) 220 045 or 730 to reserve a table.
Sleeps up to 20 people (Do you have more than 20 guests? See our other, adjacent, properties: Morton Boyd House and The Cottage.)
- Sitting Room (includes tea & coffee making facilities and a small fridge)
- Dining Room
- Activity Room
- Laundry/Drying Room
- Wheelchair accessible cloakroom
- Three bedrooms that sleep up to four people (one en-suite)
- Three bedrooms that sleep up to two people (two with en-suite shower)
- Two single bedrooms (en-suite accessible shower room)
- Private bath/shower rooms
- Payphone available
- Free WiFi available
Download the pdf of the floorplan here.
Back when the Hebridean Trust was formed, the buildings beside the pier at Hynish provided limited shelter from the elements to an occasional passing otter and a few local boats. Though sturdily built over 150 years earlier as part of the Skerryvore lighthouse project, the buildings were well on their way to ruin. It took some vision to see a new future for Hynish but, in partnership with the Highlands and Islands Development Board (now Argyll and the Islands Enterprise), the Hebridean Trust put together the idea, design team and funding to create one of the biggest visitor facilities on Tiree.
Through Hebridean Trust links with The Northern Lighthouse Board, its patron Princess Anne was invited to open the first building, which was to be known as Alan Stevenson House in honour of the great lighthouse engineer. The whole of Tiree turned out for the occasion on a sunny day in May 1991.
The Hynish Centre is specifically intended to provide high quality catered accommodation to visiting groups, with a particular emphasis on charitable and educational groups. Regular guests include the young adults with special needs from Beannachar Camphill Community and young and adult carers from North Argyll Carers Centre.
You can help us fund these free or heavily subsidised holidays here.
We have also enjoyed the company of adult groups ranging from birdwatching tours of Tiree and Coll to windsurfers, divers and even a Samba Percussion Workshop from Brazil. We frequently have visiting contractors whose work is improving the public services and utility provision on the island. Famous visitors to the Hynish complex include HRH The Princess Royal, Aung San Suu Kyi, Paolo Nutini, Griff Rhys Jones, and George Fenton.
"We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed staying at the Alan Stevenson House. We had a lovely weekend in Tiree, despite the weather on Sunday! The accommodation is excellent and your staff were very helpful and friendly, thanks very much!" Stephen and Yvonne G. May 2015.
"I just can't say it enough - the Hynish Centre was brilliant! We were a large party with ages ranging from seven to 75 and with quite a few dietary complications - vegetarian and gluten free among them - and Monica and her team could not have been more helpful or understanding throughout. The beds were comfortable, the rooms lovely - we had a room with an en suite bathroom perched on the edge of the shore and fell asleep to the sound of the sea - what could be more wonderful than that?! The food was absolutely delicious, and the sitting room was perfect for cosy evenings chatting and playing games. The children were in seventh heaven. We will definitely be coming again."
Hi Monika, we had a fabulous week at the Alan Stevenson House at Hynish and it was all we had hoped it would be. Facilities at the house were perfect for our whole family and the evening meal sitting down at the end of day gave us all an opportunity to discuss all the exciting things each of us had been up to. Without the large kitchen and the arrangement of all the rooms we could not have been better catered for. Thank you for your input to providing this accommodation.
I have already shared with Monica how much we enjoyed our stay with you and how well we were looked after and at such a reasonable cost. I would rate you at 4 star!! As we were an 'elderly' group the bunk beds proved a step too far for some of us but once in we were very comfortable! The difficult ones were the bunks with the ladder in the middle rather than at an end. We will personally recommend you widely. I believe you may be hearing form a group of our young people soon!