Tucked in between Islay, Jura & Mull, Colonsay is the truly unspoilt secret of the Hebrides. At just 10 miles long & 2 miles wide, with a population of a little over 120, Colonsay sits on the edge of the Atlantic,
For the bird & wildlife enthusiast, the list of the rare & interesting is extensive. Expect to see chough, corncrake, buzzards, red shank, golden eagle, sea eagle, curlew, kittiwakes, lapwing, shags, guillemots, fulmars, hen harriers and even the occasional red kite. There are otters & seals. The Oronsay rocks of Eilean nan Ròn or Seal Island are an important Grey Seal breeding colony, and the varied wild goats wander & graze the hills at will. The now rare Marsh-fritillary butterfly can be found in several places on the island, attracted by the wet meadows and the abundance of its foodplant, the Devil’s-bit scabious.
For those interested in archaeology & history there are the Iron Age forts and duns which dominate the Colonsay skyline still. Evidence of human activity goes back to 7,000 B.C. and all over the island you can find traces of Colonsay's long history, from the 14th century ruined Augustinian Priory in Oronsay to the abandoned fishing village of Riasg Buidhe, which was inhabited up to 1918.
For the botanist & geologist, the variety is huge. For the uninitiated, the red fuchsia & honeysuckle growing unchecked in the hedgerows, the smell of the wild garlic, the bluebells & primroses in spring; the heath orchids, wild roses, yellow flag irises and the purple cushions of heather covering the hills in late summer. For those with a special interest, the hills, machair & shore contribute their share of botanical beauty throughout the year.
Colonsay boasts a great General Store & Post Office, two Cafes, a Hotel bar & Restaurant, a Bookshop, a Brewery, an 18 hole Links Golf Course, the Colonsay House Gardens, several Art & Craft outlets and a small Heritage Museum. There is a church of Scotland, and regular services are held. The parish is served by visiting ministers for united worship and persons of all denominations are very welcome to attend.
We have two wonderful doctors & a nurse, should you require any medical care during your stay.