Colonsay’s guided walks & tours

May 15, 2017

Colonsay and Oronsay are fantastic islands for walking and road tours. If you would like to discover a new route, find out more about the island from an expert or join a themed guided walk, there are residents only to happy to show you.

Fern appreciation walks

Colonsay is home to at least 33 of an amazing 13,000 species of ferns in the world. Although the Victorians were fascinated by ferns, these days we tend to walk without really seeing them. The fern appreciation walks offers a chance to find out about these fascinating plants with enthusiast Kevin Byrne.

To find out more about cost and timings, call Kevin on 01951 200320 or e-mail byrne@colonsay.org.uk.

Finding your Feet

Kevin Byrne offers a guided tour of Colonsay in your own vehicle, taking about an hour and a half. Although restricted to the road system it provides a broad sweep of the island's history and topography. The tour may help you to identify the places you wish to revisit for further investigation, especially for a walk or a stroll.

To find out more about cost and timings, call Kevin on 01951 200320 or e-mail byrne@colonsay.org.uk.

Explore Balnahard

The fairly vigorous walk is led by Kevin Byrne and usually starts about 10am and lasts up to five hours. The route is mostly off the beaten track so there is be plenty of history, wildlife and scenery to enjoy.

To find out more about costs or to arrange a different walk, call Kevin on 01951 200320 or e-mail byrne@colonsay.org.uk.

Tailor-made tours

If you have a particular interest in, for example, family History, archaeology, topography or geology, Kevin Byrne can arrange a special tour, whether on foot or using your own vehicle.

To find out more about costs or to arrange a different walk, call Kevin on 01951 200320 or e-mail byrne@colonsay.org.uk.

Wednesday day trip tour 

Jim Johnstone leads a guided tour for visitors who arrive on the ferry on Colonsay at 11.05am from Kennacraig and Port Askaig. The tour includes a commentary on the general history and wildlife of Colonsay but can readily be varied to meet specific interests.

On arrival, passengers should look for the bus near the terminal building. The Guided Tour departs the pier ay 11.30am, via Uragaig, Colonsay House Gardens and Kiloran Bay.

Passengers may alight at any point, for uplift on second run, timetabled below in the collection service:

15.50: Kiloran Bay

15.55: Colonsay House Gardens

16:00: Port Mor

16:05 Machrins

The ferry departs Colonsay at 18.05 for return to Port Askaig and Kennacraig

To find out the costs and to reserve a place call Jim on 01951 200141 or simply book an inclusive ticket with Calmac Ferries.