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Reef, The

The Reef is an extensive flat area in the centre of the island of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides. It comprises blown sand, underlain by metamorphosed limestones and gneisses, that has developed into an unusually large area of machair, which is of international importance. There is a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) reserve located here, with a warden permanently resident on the island.

Tiree Airport, constructed for the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Second World War, is also situated here.


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