Visitor Guidelines & ongoing precautions against COVID-19

A message to all our visitors around the world

July 03, 2020

Firstly, and most importantly, we hope you are all keeping well and staying safe. May you all continue to do so.

Here on Colonsay, we are slowly welcoming holiday visitors back to the island.  Self catering accommodation is open across the island.  Some of our members still have availability in July and August so do check if you would like a last minute escape to the Hebrides.

The hotel beer garden and the Pantry outdoor cafe will be open from 10th July and the hotel, bar and restaurant will be fully open from 17th July.  Colonsay House Gardens cafe will be open from 14th July.

The fabulous weather continues to lift our spirits, do follow us on Instagram (visitcolonsay) to get some flavour of our beautiful island this springtime. The following ‘nature notes’ from the past few weeks are a tempting taster.

Glorious spring days have given way to summer and less settled weather recently but, as so often in Colonsay, showery days clear to wonderful long long Hebridean evenings with breathtaking skies populated with swallows.

Five chough were a welcome sight at the golf course this week, the shelducks and greylag geese are shepherding their growing families around the bay at Port Mor and the corncrake is still making his presence felt.

Scentless mayweed, sea milkwort and stonecrop are flowering on the shore -and the verges, uncut this year, are simply stunning!Myriad f lowering grasses, vetches, meadow cranesbill and meadowsweet where the soil is damp and clovers, bird's foot trefoil, thyme, northern marsh orchid, eyebright and tormentil carpet dryer patches. Ferns in the woods have never been lusher.

We share these things to encourage you back soon and we will be here on Colonsay waiting to welcome you. Let’s hope it’s not before long.