Beaches

Colonsay's beaches have been named as some of the best in the world, and certainly in Europe, and we are sure you will not be disappointed.

The following beaches are voted our favourites but there are endless dreamy coves and shallow bays for you to discover for yourself.

Kiloran, Balnahard, Machrins, Cable Bay, Garvard, Oransay, South East corner.

The beaches have completely different characters and different attractions.. seabirds and seals .. rockpools and shells.. an unbroken Atlantic horizon to the West or the distant coastlines of Jura and Islay to the East. For those prepared to take the plunge, the water everwhere is crystal clear, smooth as silk and at most times of the year icily invigorating.


Balnahard Bay

The stunning bay on the north east corner of Colonsay which is reached on foot or cycle from Kiloran Bay. It is a beautiful 45 min walk or 20 min cycle along a track which becomes rolling machair for the last 200m.

With views towards Mull, Scarba and Jura and a long sandy beach, this is a perfect spot to take a picnic for the day. From here you can also walk to the northern most tip of Colonsay and see the huge natural stone arch.


Kiloran Bay

The longest beach on Colonsay and one of the only beaches with surf. Great for body boarding, long walks and beach cricket!

The beach is easily accessible from the road so it is a good choice for those with small children. It has a stream running into a natural lagoon at the southern end of the beach which is perfect for paddling and making dams.

special offers

Low occupancy discount of up to 30% (not July or August).

special offers

Low occupancy discount of up to 30% (not July or August). 15% off all bookings from Easter to 30th June.

special offers

Low occupancy discount of up to 30% (not July or August).

special offers

Low occupancy discount of up to 30% (not July or August).

special offers

Low occupancy discount of up to 30% (not July or August).

featured property

Baleromindubh Farmhouse

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.

featured property

Scalasaig Farmhouse

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.

featured property

Tobaroran

The house is situated close to the harbour with wonderful views toward Jura and Islay and has a large garden enclosed by a low drystone wall. It has Wifi. AVAILABLE FOR SHORT BREAKS.

featured property

Harbour

Delightful white painted stone cottage located at the Colonsay harbour with sea views from the upstairs bedrooms. Free WIFI.

featured property

Sgreadan Cottage

This stone cottage has wonderful views over Loch Fada and is set back about 100m above the road up a short track.

latest news

FESTIVAL OF SPRING 2017

Following the huge success of our Festival of Spring, we are delighted to announce that Colonsay is hosting its 6th Festival of Spring from 1st May to 21st May 2017. See the 2016 programme "www.colonsayevents.co.uk"

latest news

Colonsay Book Festival 2017

Now in its 5th year, the Colonsay Book Festival will be held on the weekend of 29 and 30th April 2017. It is the smallest and most remote literary festival in the UK but it attracts authors with huge reputations.

latest news

October Food and Drink Festival 2017

Our annual festival has a myriad of events including whisky, beer and wine tastings, foraging and cooking activities, food demonstrations, cookery classes, bread baking courses, as well as craft activities and guided walks and talks on local culture. Both weeks will feature activities for children.