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
The 2017  Festival was great...a record number of people enjoyed the eclectic & diverse programme of events...go to the programme page to see what was on!
We are already planning the 2018 event-
30th April to 20th May 2018
Three weeks of activities and events celebrating Spring
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.  This year attendees were able to enjoy Flax Weaving, Dry Stone Walling, Bookbinding, Fern Appreciation Walks, Historical & Ornithological Walks, Crochet & Knitting, Foraging, Printing, Basketry 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. To view the full programme please go to the   programme  page & learn more about the tutors here.
didn't make it this year...?
the 2018 dates are 30th April - 20th May
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.

Autumn Food & Drink Festival
14th - 28th October 2017
A fortnight of events - cooking, foraging, wine tasting, nature walks and childrens craft sessions.
The 2017 programme will be available soon, but expect lots of activities and delicious food and drink events throughout. 

Colonsay also boasts several other annual festivals

Book Festival     29th & 30th April 2017

Rugby Festival   29th & 30th July 2017

Folk Festival  13th - 17th Sept 2017