Isle of Coll

Scotland's Island Coast

The Isle of Coll is a small Hebridean island located approximately four miles west of Mull. It stretches around 13 miles in length and 3 miles in width and is home to a community of around 160 people. It's a perfect destination for those seeking a peaceful retreat where they can walk along the sandy shores, explore the diverse wildlife, and marvel at the stunning night sky. In December 2013, Coll was designated a Dark Sky Community. For an incredible astronomical experience, try 'Coll and the Cosmos.'

With some of the highest sunshine hours in the UK each year, taking a stroll on the secluded beaches or exploring the picturesque meadows and moors is a must-do. Not only is it highly recommended, but it would also be a shame to miss out on the diverse range of flora and fauna that call these areas home. 

Located in the West of Coll is an RSPB reserve for bird watching with diverse species like corncrake and hen harrier. It's also an excellent spot for stargazing due to low light pollution.  

Even on a rainy day, visitors can relax, read, or play sports at Coll's community center, An Cridhe, alongside the locals, who make everyone feel welcome.

Gaelic in Scotland

The indigenous language of Argyll contains a great richness of expression.  Here we have shared a phrase from local Gaelic poetry about the Isle of Coll.

Niall MacGillEathain

Mo dhùrachd bhlàth nunn don eilean àghmhor (My warm regards to the joyful island)

San robh mo chàirdean a' tàmh bho chian (In which my kin have long dwelt)

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Immerse yourself in Coll

The white-washed cottages of Arinagour greet you as you arrive. Walk on the secluded beaches, marvel at the wildlife, and enjoy a dram or two in the friendly Coll Hotel.

There are many cozy self-catering properties with lovely views or experience the warmest of welcomes and local food at the award-winning Tigh Na Mara guesthouse.

Good to know before you go; Before heading to the Isle of Coll, it's important to know that there is only one shop that sells basic provisions and local gin. There are three places to eat out on the island, but their opening days and times vary, so it's best to check and book in advance. These places are Coll Hotel, Tigh Na Mara Guesthouse, and the Island Cafe. While there is a petrol station available, there is no public transportation. You can explore the island using pedal power by renting a bike from the Post Office or borrowing one from your accommodation. The stunning beaches are usually a 5-10 minute walk from the nearest car park. Boat trips are also available from Coll and neighbouring Tiree, but with limited availability, it's recommended to book in advance.

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In the summer there are daily sailings to Coll from Oban, five sailings per week from Tiree and one from Barra. In the winter there are five sailings per week from Oban and Tiree.

Scheduled flights from Oban Airport are run by Hebridean Air Services.

Flights operate on Wednesdays only. The morning flight runs from Oban to Coll then back to Oban via Tiree and the afternoon flight runs from Oban via Tiree to Coll before returning to Oban. 

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