Cardboard tents all set for TMF

Ms MacLeod outside her first cardboard tent on Tiree.
Ms MacLeod outside her first cardboard tent on Tiree.

A woman who bought five cardboard tents to give away to people coming to Tiree Music Festival has been inundated with requests for the latest craze in glamping.

Kate MacLeod, the owner of the Yellow Hare cafe at Crossapol, saw the cardboard tents on TV and made a snap decision to buy some for the annual influx of 2,000 to the island for the traditional music extravaganza.

Ms MacLeod said: “The mess that people leave behind after a music festival is a big problem and I thought that this might be the answer.

“I bought five, and they came to the island within a week. I decided that I would do a giveaway, as I wanted to reach as broad a group of people as I could – just to make sure they were the right thing for the festival.”

Within hours of putting the tents online, 80 people had been in touch about getting their hands on one.

Ms MacLeod continued: “The first people arrived on Wednesday night and it was torrential rain. I went down to the tent at 5am this morning just to make sure the two prizewinners were not sitting outside soaked to the skin. But they weren’t, they were sleeping soundly.”

Tiree Music Festival kicks off tonight, and ends on Sunday evening – among the acts are Tide Lines, Skerryvore and singer Sandi Thom.