Tireragan covers 625 hectares of spectacular wild coastal land on the south west tip of the Ross of Mull. It encompasses rocky coastline, upland heath and bog, grassland and nationally important ancient native oak and hazel woodland. It is an area of conservation importance. It also has evidence of human habitation going back 4000 years, with the ruins of 5 clachans dating from the early 19th century that would have been home to around 100 people, still clearly visible.
Tireragan is on the island of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland.
The land is on the southwestern tip of the island - in an area known as the 'Ross of Mull'.
A close-up of the land under the Trust's guardianship. The beach in the bottom right hand corner is Tràigh Gheal.
Tireragan Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SC022859) registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. Its trustees are based on Mull, Iona and mainland Scotland.
The Tireragan Trust’s aims are:
- to protect the wild and natural habitat
- to enhance biodiversity through sensitive management of the land
- to connect people sensitively to the area, to be part of the past, present and future landscape whilst protecting and enhancing it.
Various surveys and studies of the flora and fauna of Tireragan have been carried out since 1993. Regular raptor surveys have been undertaken as the area is an important habitat for hen harrier and eagles. Currently trust volunteers are involved in regular surveys of birds, bees and butterflies as indicators of the biodiversity of the area.
An initial study of some of the peat bog has been carried out with the view of possible peat restoration projects.
Other work includes maintenance of the fence and footpaths, and developing outreach and educational activities for visitors and the local community.