Scottish Tourist Board: **** 4 Star Award; Government Licence: AR00378F

Availability chart 2024 and 2025 and 2026

Sun deck at Cill a'Rubha

Cill a' Rubha, our purpose-built cottage at Uragaig with magnificent ocean views and across the sands of Kiloran Bay; a favoured haunt of both chough and corncrake and close to the bird colonies of Loch an Sgoltaire and the sea-cliffs.

Longer-stay rates: this magnificent house deserves to be enjoyed all year round, so we now offer it from £840 for a month in low-season

"... short stay, loved every minute on this wild and wonderful island."
"The house is beautiful, with great views. We hope that this is the first of many stays on Colonsay..."

This modern and fully-equipped cottage is heavily insulated and designed for sabbatical and study use as well as family holidays. Out of season, it is an ideal base for botanists, geologists and ornithologists. Cill a' Rubha is also suited to Family Historians - various resources are available on our websites and can be accessed via WiFi Broadband for reference. This may be particularly helpful at the graveyard, as all inscriptions have been transcribed.

The cottage is at Uragaig and faces directly across the ancient chapel-site of Cill a' Rubha (pron: "kil-a-roo"), a sixth-century foundation by St. Maelrubh, looking towards Sgibinis and Balnahard. There are panoramic views, encompassing the whole of Kiloran Bay, the Ross of Mull, the Torran Rocks and distant Dubh Hirteach lighthouse. The magnificent wrap-around sundeck provides a choice of shade or sunbathing throughout all the hours of daylight.

View to Sgibinis, Balnahard * View towards Kiloran

Uragaig ("raised-beach harbour") is an ancient marine platform, now standing some 100 feet above sea level and backed by dramatic cliffs. It is a place of outstanding natural interest, particularly in terms of flora and ornithology. There are only a few houses on the peninsula and it is our hope that our guests will treasure the special nature of the area. The cottage is ideal for persons who seek tranquillity and natural beauty - it is remote, even by Colonsay's standards, and the tortuous single track road is not suited to constant coming and going.

No words can describe the views. A bald summary might be "a magnificent and panoramic outlook, which cannot be surpassed". In the complete absence of light pollution, the night sky is quite breathtaking.


Cill a' Rubha Cottage

A satisfied guest commented that this was "the best holiday accommodation that I have ever rented". Another guest felt we should provide more pictures and kindly obliged with some of his own here.

Please note that this particular property is not suited to young children other than with appropriate supervision - the design of the building and many elements of the furniture and fittings are not appropriate (spiral staircase, external verandah, open stairwell etc.)..

The property is self-catering, which means that the tenant is reponsible for normal cleaning and washing-up. It is a condition of letting that it is left in a proper state upon departure. We do not charge for pets but they must not be allowed upon furniture and any dog-hair must be thoroughly removed. A minimum charge of £50.00 will be raised where additional cleaning, washing-up or dog-hair are encountered by our staff.

Please do not smoke or permit smoking inside the cottage. The property is rented only as a holiday let and not as an assured tenancy in terms of Housing (Scotland) Act 1988.

Tariff for Cill a' Rubha until Spring 2025

Our tariff permits great flexibility, based upon simple weekly rates, with a pro-rata calculation when a stay runs between two months. There is a 10% discount for 14 nights or more.

We try to make the bookings dovetail, please have a look at the availability chart 2024 to see what might fit, or 2025 or even 2026.

Sabbatical rates: you can rent Cill a' Rubha out of season:
1 week £415, 2 weeks £615, 3 weeks £760, 4 weeks £840 inc. any taxes

Basic Tariff is per week and includes any taxes and all bed-linen and towels.

Electricity and oil are supplied via digital meters; guests are asked to pay cost price per unit inc. 5% VAT on departure or later by BACS if preferred

Available in 2025 and 2026. Although it is without firm commitment, we are very happy to pencil in tentative reservations for 2025 or 2026. Because guests sometimes have to change plans, we must encourage them to keep us informed. Therefore, when making a provisional reservation for a future year, we ask you to make a diary note and let us know asap if you must cancel or change the dates. The reservation may then be confirmed by 25% deposit in early December of the previous year to finalise your plans.

Contact: Kevin and Christa Byrne Tel: 01951 200320 Email: colonsaybyrne@gmail.com

K & C Byrne Partnership, Homefield, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll PA61 7YR

Detailed 2023 availability chart for Cill a' Rubha Cottage, also shows Longfield House