Located in the Southern Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Colonsay is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt islands in the UK. Colonsay boasts the highest sunshine hours and the best beaches of anywhere in Scotland, and indeed, the world.
The island is roughly 7 miles by 4 miles of pristine, unspoilt, Hebridean beauty. It has a single track road which meanders in a full circle with 2 spur roads to the north and south. It has gentle hills and is therefore perfect for cycling, even for small children.
The island offers a stunning variety of landscapes and views and is teeming with birds and wildlife. In a day's walk, you can see white sandy beaches, trout filled lochs and dramatic cliffs, home to thousands of nesting guillemots, terns and seagulls.
At low tide there is a glistening mile-long stretch of sand that joins Colonsay to the Isle of Oransay. The 14th century Oransay priory with its great carved stone cross and cloister are among some of the most beautiful of Scotland's ancient ecclesiastical buildings.
There are colonies of grey seals, otters playing at sea, and sometimes dolphins and whales passing by. The north of the island has wild goats. Colonsay is a birdwatcher's paradise with rare birds such as choughs, corncrakes and golden eagles to look out for.
For those interested in history and for the adventurous, there are mysterious standing stones, ancient hilltop forts and ruined chapels to discover dotted around the island.
The Isle of Colonsay is truly like no other holiday destination, it gives you the chance to catch your breath in this increasingly busy world.
Victorian farmhouse situated at the end of a mile-long rough track on the Eastern side of the Island. The only house with 180 degree sea views across to Jura. A very comfortable house for 2/3 families.
Traditional farmhouse recently renovated with oil fired central heating. Close to the hotel, down a short track - the shop and harbour are just a 10 min walk away. South facing, in an open sunny position, with extensive countryside views.
The Autumn FOOD and DRINK Festival will run from 14th October for 2 weeks. We have celebrity experts demonstrating, presenting and tasting including Mary Contini (cookery writer and TV presenter), Charles McLean (renowned whisky expert) and Geraldine Coates to teach you all about gin! From tastings to baking, preserving, foraging and cooking sessions. Plenty also for children; baking, jam making, craft sessions, treasure hunt and outdoor activity trails.
Following the huge success of our Festival of Spring, we are delighted to announce that Colonsay is hosting its 8th Festival of Spring from 30th April to 20th May 2018. See the 2017 programme "www.colonsayevents.co.uk"
Now in its 6th year, the Colonsay Book Festival will be held on the weekend of 28th and 29th April 2018. It is the smallest and most remote literary festival in the UK but it attracts authors with huge reputations.