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Welcome to the Isle of Colonsay

Kiloran Bay, Colonsay, looking south The Isle of Colonsay is up to 3.5 km wide and about 16 km long, including the neighbouring island of Oronsay. It has excellent weather with low rainfall and long hours of sunshine; because it is surrounded by the sea there is a gentle breeze in summer which inhibits midges and other irritating insects. There are no snakes, but there are otters and the island is an important habitat for Grey Atlantic seals; you may even see dolphins, porpoises, Minke Whales or Basking Sharks.My name in Cantonese, Colonsay Colonsay has the largest colony of breeding seabirds in the Southern Hebrides, and its native flora is particularly diverse - many people come just to enjoy the carpets of flowers on the machair (lime-rich grassland bordering the sea).

 

Visitors are free to walk wherever they like, and to explore the countless coves and pristine sandy beaches along the 90 km. of coastline. There is a large expanse of truly ancient Caledonian forest, which mostly consists of oak, birch and hazel but which also hosts an abundancy of moss, fungi and lichens. There are freshwater lochs teeming with native brown trout, there is a primitive but challenging 200 year-old golf links, 4000 metres long and with 18 holes. There are interesting caves, and there are 22 hills more than 91.46 m. (300 feet) high, known as "The MacPhees" - it is a challenge to climb them all in one day, the distance is about 32 km; we can even supply a list and simple directions.

 

Oransay Priory, ColonsayColonsay is rich in other attractions - the famous gardens of the 18th century mansion house are open to the public and include many exotic and subtropical species. The island of Oransay can be reached when the tide is low; it is a wildlife sanctuary under the care of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and it also contains the magnificent 14th century ruins of a priory established by an order of Canons Regular of St. Augustine. Colonsay itself has many important archaeological The camouflage pattern of a moth, Colonsaysites, including six spectacular Duns or ancient forts, a number of mediaeval chapels,also standing stones, crannogs, burial cairns, viking graves, holy wells, hut circles, mesolithic shell mounds and cave dwellings.

 

There are two restaurants, and also a tea-room and a bar; there is an excellent local shop, a post office, a bookshop and local produce including oysters and wild honey. There is even a brewery on the island, a number of craftworkers and there is an excellent Medical Centre with full-time resident doctor. Colonsay has everything you need for a comfortable, peaceful and utterly refreshing vacation.

Although many of the inhabitants speak Gaelic, the everyday language is English. We welcome visitors from all over the world and there are numerous special events, such as our Festival of Spring, the Music Festival, and a Literary Festival - details usually appear at http://www.colonsayevents.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

Scalasaig harbour, Colonsay Bracket Fungus on Ash, Colonsay A romantic Summer House, Colonsay

The Raft-race, Colonsay A lonely grave, Oronsay 

Where to stay?

We offer you a choice of three outstanding properties. Our business was established in 1970 and we have been based in Colonsay since 1978 - we are proud of our reputation and are confident that our knowledge and experience can help to guarantee the success of your holiday in Colonsay.

Cill a' Rubha, 4 stars, sleeps 4 or 5. WiFi. Longfield House, 4 stars, sleeps up to 6. WiFi.
Phoebe Lodge, 3 stars, sleeps 2 or 3. WiFi. Sabbatical Rates for a longer stay

Look at the details of each property, download our Rental and Ferry Details 2017, then see the Availability Chart 2017. All prices include all taxes as well as all linen and towels. Electricity is supplied at cost price and we make no additional charge for well-behaved dogs.

E-mail byrne@colonsay.org.uk or call Kevin and Christa Byrne on 01951 200320


SPECIAL NOTICE
Coming or going, please consider a visit to our family hotels, ideally sited en route from either Edinburgh or Glasgow. The Best Western Crianlarich Hotel is a good choice from either city, and also has the associated Glen Bruar B & B which shares the same facilities. Anyone travelling from Glasgow has a choice of roads, and if they choose the Rest and be Thankful route they will find themselves passing Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Inveraray Castle and one of the arches flanking the 18th century Inveraray Inn. If you are making a reservation at either hotel, do request the Islander Rate and mention Colonsay!