Colonsay Festivals

Celebrate on our beautiful Hebridean island

  1. Seaweed Foraging
  2. Baking
  3. Oronsay Expedition
  4. Chough
  5. Gardens Tour
  6. Walling
  7. Orchids
  8. Focus on Photography
  9. Rhododendron
  10. Printing Workshop
  11. Basket Makers
  12. Fabric Dyeing
Welcome to our island festivals
 Annual Festival of Spring
30th April to 20th May 2018
The 2018 Festival programme is now available.   See the full programme here    programme   & learn more about the tutors here.   Please note this is the first draft of the programme and more details will be added as soon as they are confirmed.

Join us for a fantastic and eclectic mix of nature, art, foraging, craft and heritage.
We want visitors and locals alike to enjoy this magical season and learn more about the rich natural heritage of the island. The festival is held across three whole weeks, and with such a huge variety of events on offer there really is something for everyone! Each year the individual events are varied, with old favourites being run alongside new activities.  2018 attendees willbe able to enjoy Tapestry, Dry Stone Walling, Botanical Walks, Mosaic Making, Bookbinding, Historical & Ornithological Walks, Crochet & Knitting, Foraging, Printing, Basketry, Hooking and Colonsay Wool Dyeing.
It is great way to get to know the island, and we have some fantastic tutors and walk leaders lined up, from RSPB staff to artists, textile designers & makers, seaweed & wild-food experts, plant enthusiasts, local historians & archaeologists. See the full programme here     programme   & learn more about the tutors here.

We now have a fab new website for the island, making it easier to look for accommodation and other island info.

Colonsay also boasts several other annual festivals

BOOK FESTIVAL 28 th & 29th April '18

RUGBY FESTIVAL   28th July '18

FOLK FESTIVAL  13th - 16th Sept '18

AUTUMN FESTIVAL 10th - 24th Oct '18
Thanks go to CalMac and Marine Harvest for their continued & generous support of the festival

Thanks to everyone who has allowed us to use their photographs on this site - especially Ruari Cumming ARPS who has provided many of the fantastic land & seascape shots.