Colonsay Festivals

Celebrate on our beautiful Hebridean island

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.
Island Amenities
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.

Getting to Colonsay by Ferry
Part of the adventure of a Colonsay holiday is the excitement & build-up of getting there. Wherever you start from, your journey will include views of the outstandingly beautiful Argyll countryside and changing seascapes.
The most common way to arrive is via the ferry that sails from the town of Oban. Between April & October we have a daily service, and twice a week we also have link from Islay. The ferry takes you on a 2 hour 20 minute journey past the neighbouring islands of Mull, Kererra, Seil, Luing & Jura, with wildlife & scenery to all sides.
Getting to Colonsay By Air
The other option is to arrive by air. The air service operates on a Tuesday & Thursday, both in the morning & afternoon and flies between Connel (by Oban) and our own island airstrip. An onward flight to & from Islay is also available.
Expect to get a wonderful aerial views, not only of Colonsay, but of the surrounding areas as well.
Go to www.hebrideanair.co.uk for the full timetable, on line booking & contact details.

Staying On Colonsay
Colonsay has a great variety of accommodation available, including the hotel at Scalasaig, many picturesque self catering cottages, apartments in Colonsay house, B&Bs and a Backpackers Lodge.  For full details go to www.visitcolonsay.co.uk