Colonsay top tips:
- Colonsay House & Gardens - enjoy home-baking at the cafe after strolling round one of Scotland's finest rhododendron collections
- Kiloran Bay - one of the loveliest beaches in the Hebrides
- Catch a glimpse of the corncrake - Colonsay & Oronsay are a botanist's dream
- Go 'MacPhie-bagging' - climb as many of Colonsay & Oransay's 22 peaks over 300ft as you can
Colonsay things to see & do
As your ferry docks, you will see residents and visitors alike descending from all corners to meet and greet the new arrivals. Then slowly, as the hustle and bustle dies down, the more pervading atmosphere of peace and tranquillity is restored.
Gently rolling, heather-clad hills stretch into the distance, dotted with just the occasional cottage or farm building, and a few white flecks of sheep. Single track roads and footpaths enable you to meander across this beautiful landscape, frequently stopping to admire dramatic views across to Mull and back to Jura. Whether you choose to walk or cycle (do leave the car behind!), your efforts will be amply rewarded: from the glorious sweep of sand and sea at stunning locations such as Kiloran Bay, to the discovery of intricately-carved ancient stones at the ruins of Oronsay priory.
Travel to & around Colonsay
There is a rather varied, though daily ferry service from Oban to Colonsay (except Tuesdays) and one connection per week to Islay in summer. Timings vary day by day - gets our vote as the most complex timetable in the country!