Festivals

An island for festivals

The island enjoys a celebration or two and invites visitors to join in with one of many popular festivals held throughout the year.

Colonsay Book Festival

The two day event usually runs on the last weekend of April and has featured many famour authors including Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith. 

Colonsay Book Festival

Colonsay Festival of Spring

The Colonsay Festival of Spring is a well-established event in our island’s calendar.  It runs for three weeks every year in May, and boasts a fantastic mix of nature, art, foraging, craft & heritage. Visitors and locals come to enjoy this magical season and learn more about the rich natural heritage of the island.  You can expect to enjoy Dry Stone Walling, Bookbinding, Historical & Ornithological Walks, Foraging, Printing, Basketry & Textile Workshops to name but a few. 

Festival of Spring

Autumn Food and Drink Festival

This annual festival runs for 2 weeks in October and is a celebration of all the fabulous food and drink that Colonsay and Scotland produces.  It includes a good mix of cookery classes, bottling and preserving sessions, foraging for lunch, as well as craft workshops and plenty of activities for children.  Lots of informative talks on local flora and fauna and history, as well as guided walks, are also on offer.  See www.colonsayevents.co.uk

Ceòl Cholasa Folk Festival

Ceòl Cholasa is a hugely popular traditional music festival held around the middle of September each year. It’s a tribute to Colonsay’s charm that outstanding and well known musicians are willing to take a weekend out of their touring schedules to come to make music on the island.

For tickets and information about the dates each year keep an eye on

Ceòl Cholasa

Festival Gallery