10 must-sees on Colonsay and OronsayMay 15, 2017
With so many things to see and do on the islands it can be difficult to choose just a few. Here we suggest 10 must-sees on Colonsay and Oronsay.
The wide sandy beach of Kiloran is a highlight of Colonsay. Take in the view of the whole of the beach and the Atlantic waves from the vantage point of the car park, before a stroll on the pristine sands.
An Dealbh Leisg
“The Image of Sloth”, a 10th century carved cruciform stone image is found in the formal garden of Colonsay House.
Tobar Chaluim Chille
St. Columba’s Well is an ancient well that was blessed by St Columba in the 6th century.
Visit the ruins of a 19th century fishing village and the associated graveyard.
This important medieval Augustinian priory is reached via a two-mile “pilgrimage” across the sandy bed of the tidal Strand. (Check tide times carefully.)
The Iron Age fort became one of the seats of the Lords of the Isles, the ancestral home of Clan McPhie.
Teampull a’ Ghlinne
The Temple in the Glen is an atmospheric ruin of a 15th century chapel in Colonsay that was an outlier of the Augustinian priory of Oronsay.
Cliffs of the west coast
Follow the track to Gortin in Kilchattan and then onwards across Leana Mhór, past Aoineadh an t-Sruth to reach the north side of Meall Lamalum. The cliffs are a great place to spot many seabirds.
Fingal’s Limpet Hammers
A pair of standing stones, associated with the legendary Celtic giant Fingal, stand in a field just to the west of Loch Fada, at Lower Kilchattan. Just possible, they are all that remain of a stone circle.
The Parish Church
The church is an attractive Georgian building in a commanding position at Scalasaig. It was built in 1802 and with a noteworthy combed wooden ceiling. Information leaflet within.