Summer Colonsay Times available here...


Peaceful isle, so much to do

Colonsay and Oronsay, measuring roughly 10 miles long and two miles wide, are part of a long Hebridean island chain off the west coast of Scotland in the Atlantic Ocean.

The pair of islands is more specifically located in the Inner Hebrides, close to the Scottish mainland. To the north lies the island of Mull, while the eastern and southern horizons are bound by the islands of Jura and Islay.

On a clear day you can even glimpse the coast of Donegal in Ireland to the south-west. To the west lies the Atlantic, with only the Du Hirteach lighthouse standing between Colonsay and Canada.

With around 125 inhabitants and its nearest neighbouring community almost 20 miles distant, Colonsay constitutes one of the most remote communities in Britain.

A friendly welcome is guaranteed from the small resident community, which comprises creative entrepreneurs, crafters, home-workers, trades people and tourism providers.

The island has a tiny primary school, one hotel, a shop and post office, two cafes and a number of other seasonal enterprises. There is a resident doctor and an active church.

Colonsay is served by ferry – daily in the summer and thrice weekly in winter – from the mainland port of Oban and there is an additional summer service from Kennacraig via Islay. You can also fly to the island.

Small but naturally gifted

Most visitors are attracted to Colonsay for its tranquillity and unspoilt beauty. Although it is one of the smallest of the inhabited Hebridean islands, Colonsay boasts a wide variety of natural attractions, including impressive sandy beaches, stunning sea and island views and a treasure trove of flora and fauna.

There are many things to do, especially if you enjoy the great outdoors, such as walking, cycling, golf and wildlife watching. The islands also offer a fascinating historical and heritage timeline with plenty of sites to visit and explore.

Whether you visit for a day, a weekend or you come for a longer holiday, there is a variety of accommodation to choose from, as well as a number of food and drink  establishments and useful everyday facilities.

We find that many visitors love our islands so much that they return again and again. We hope you’ll be enchanted, too.