Colonsay and nearby Oronsay, are famed for tranquillity, unspoilt beauty and sandy beaches. They are the ideal destination for anyone seeking to get away from it all.
Colonsay's craggy, heather-backed hills support a bewildering array of plant and birdlife, wild goats and rabbits, and one of the finest quasi-tropical gardens in Scotland.
A must-visit is Kiloran Bay, one of the most stunning beaches in all of Argyll.
It doesn't stop there, you’ll find a huge diversity of flora and fauna, so pack your binoculars as you’ll have over a hundred different birds to spot, including the rare chough and corncrake.
Colonsay has an eighteen-hole golf course, a fantastic heritage centre and is home to Wild Thyme Spirits, where you can take a guided tour around the local gin distillery.
With around 125 inhabitants, Colonsay and its local residents, guarantee a friendly welcome and are happy to share local history, beauty spots and brilliant craftsmanship on the island.
The neighbouring island of Oransay, accessible at low tide, has been inhabited since 7000 BC meaning there are many archaeological remains to explore and get a sense of life here in years gone by.
Gaelic in Scotland
The indigenous language of Argyll contains great richness of expression. Here we have shared a phrase from local Gaelic poetry about the Isle of Colonsay.
Eilean àlainn snàmh san iar (A beautiful island floats in the west)
Àilleagan gu bràth nam chridhe (Jewel in my heart forever)
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The seaside town of Oban is a great place for a holiday with much to see and do in wider area and nearby Inner Hebridean islands.
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Colonsay has wildlife, sandy beaches with caves, fascinating archeology and a historic garden. At night enjoy stargazing or beers from Colonsay brewery.
Nearly all journeys to Colonsay start from Oban.
Colonsay is served by a Caledonian MacBrayne ferries from Oban and there are additional sailings from Kennacraig and Islay to and from Colonsay.
There is also an excellent air service that operates from Oban Airport via Islay.