K & C Byrne Holidays, Isle of Colonsay

Covid-19 coronavirus

A message from Colonsay Community Council, Sunday 22nd March 2020 (but note that on 10th June the Scottish Government suggested that Colonsay may re-open on July 15th; this guidance will be updated as soon as we know if we are indeed allowed to welcome visitors once again.)

Colonsay is a small island with an elderly population and very limited emergency medical resources. Although our GPs are working incredibly hard to ensure that our small but fragile community is as protected as possible, there are limits to what will be possible in the event of a local outbreak.

Because of this we are asking that visitors refrain from travelling to the island unless it is absolutely necessary. We fully understand that people are anxious, scared and would perhaps feel safer on Colonsay but we ask that you put the health of everyone, including yourselves, first by staying where you are.

We are aware that some of you may have spent a significant amount of money on your travel plans. However we would urge you to consider the many hundreds of thousands of people who have already lost their jobs. By limiting the spread of the virus we could still come out of this feeling like the personal hardships suffered by so many were not in vain.

We are in a good position to protect our vulnerable people if we can prevent the spread of the virus but, equally, we are in a very difficult position if people do start to fall ill. Please help us to keep our community safe and, instead of travelling up over the coming months, plan to visit us later in the year when the island will be more like the beautiful, safe place we all love.

You can contact your accommodation providers and Calmac for advice on cancelling bookings and we will be happy to help you to plan future trips as soon as it is possible. We look forward to seeing you all for a ceilidh once we have weathered this storm.

If you are returning to Colonsay it is crucial that you self-isolate strictly according to NHS guidelines for 7 days upon arriving.

For both locals and essential visitors (key workers etc.) , this means:

•  Avoiding public buildings including the shop, post office, surgery, hotel, pantry and pier

•  Avoiding meeting in groups e.g. dinner parties with friends or family

•  During these 7 days, do not visit other people's houses unless absolutely necessary

•  Keeping in touch with friends and family via phone and internet

•  If you need to contact the GPs or access services through the Council Service Point, see the list of important telephone numbers below. DO NOT visit in person .

Surgery 01951 200328; Service Point 01951 200263; Shop 01951 200265

Delivered meals: The Colonsay 01951 200316; The Pantry 01951 200325


Kevin and Christa Byrne, Homefield House , Isle of Colonsay, Argyll PA61 7YR

Email: byrne@colonsay.eu or Phone 01951 200320 (International +44 1951 200320)