Robert Bruce Webster – a Scottish watercolourist born in Edinburgh in 1892 visited Tiree for a holiday in 1928. Although he stayed in Balephuil he travelled extensively around the island and produced a number of coastal watercolours. He took a photograph during his time on the island which shows our house on the right and an old byre – the first building on the left – which eventually became Blue Beyond Cottage.

He exhibited regularly in the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Society of Watercolourists and the Society of Scottish Artists from the early 1920’s until his death in 1959.

A number of Scottish artists have been attracted by the stunning beauty of the island and the intensity of light – most notably Duncan MacGregor Whyte and Henry Young Alison. Both built studios on the island and spent summers living and painting here on the ‘land below the waves’.



Painting in Paradise