Visitor Guidelines & ongoing precautions against COVID-19


March 21, 2020

This is undoubtedly the most challenging period ever to have faced the global tourism industry. And as an island Colonsay is not immune from this. Tourism operators are having to make difficult decisions as to whether to close or delay opening in order to protect themselves, their staff and the more vulnerable in our community generally.
Government and health professional recommendations from earlier this week changed to advise against all non-essential travel, as well as to take care of social distance, with those over 70 and in risk groups to take more explicit isolation measures.
While the Government’s recommendations remain at this time advisory, in these circumstances, everyone must consider whether taking a holiday falls within the ‘essential travel’ category. 
For those with contracted accommodation bookings, there may be options to re-schedule your booking to later in the year – or possibly even to next year – which may go some way towards helping ensure our island providers have a better chance of surviving the unprecedented drop in income and cashflow that they are facing. You should discuss this with your individual accommodation provider. 
For those who do choose to come to the island, we would ask you to strictly and carefully observe the Government’s advice and minimise all social contact whilst on the island.  The shop will deliver food orders and both The Colonsay Hotel and The Pantry hope to do takeaway and food deliveries. 
This is an incredibly stressful time for Colonsay’s tourism industry. We ask for your understanding at this difficult time, and look forward to welcoming you back at some point in (hopefully not-too-distant) future.