Isle of Colonsay

Scotland's Island Coast

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.

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.

Domhall MacNéill

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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Wild at Art Ltd

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The Tartan Road

Working all over Argyll & the Isles, we create luxury Scottish holidays tailored exclusively for each client. Specialising in self-drive and chauffeured...

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PA37 1PD

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Stravaigin Sailing

We are a small family run business located on Scotland’s west coast in the heart of the best cruising and adventure arena our country has to offer. Join us o...

North Pier Pontoons
Oban
PA34 5PX

Tel: 07833 103020

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Argyll Safaris

Rab is passionate about Argyll, it\'s landscape, culture and heritage. With 60 medieval castles, 32 clan seats, 1256 Neolithic standing stones, it is the bir...

Rughriach
Old Shore Road
PA37 1PT

Tel: 07760880757

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Provident Sailing

A holiday on Provident will introduce you to the fabulous west coast of Scotland, exploring the islands, coasts, harbours and hills of Argyll and the southwe...

Head Office, Dunstaffnage Marina
Dunbeg
Oban
PA37 1PX

Tel: 07549 935222

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McKinlay Kidd Ltd

Award-winning specialist tour operator making holidays differently throughout Argyll and the Isles. At McKinlay Kidd, we like to get up close and personal wi...

Head Office, McKinlay Kidd
6/1 (front) The Hatrack
144 St Vincent St
Glasgow
G2 5LQ

Tel: 0141 260 9260

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CHARTS (Culture Heritage & Arts Assembly, Argyll & Isles)

CHARTS is a growing network of artists, makers, producers and spaces, who value creativity and the impact it has on individuals, communities and visitors to...

c/o Mackay & Co CA
120 George Street
Oban
PA34 5NT

Tel: 01499 305 055

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Basking Shark Scotland

Operating across Argyll & the Isles, our wildlife watching adventures run from April - October. Basking Shark Scotland is the only dedicated snorkel oper...

Oban
PA34 5PZ

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Planning your journey

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. 

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