The Estate

Colonsay Estate has been in the ownership of the Strathcona family for over 100 years. The current owner is Alex Howard, who lives on Colonsay with his wife and family. The Estate is very much a family run business, with a number of family members involved in its day to day management.

Colonsay House dates from 1722 with further additions made in the 1780's and around the turn of last century. It was originally built on the site of Kiloran Abbey by the MacNeills who were the successive lairds of Colonsay until 1905.

The woodland gardens have been established over a similar period with extensive landscaping and new planting carried out by the third Lord Strathcona in the 1930's. They are considered to have one of the finest collections of rhododendrons in Scotland.

The estate land is farmed and managed with the principle aim of preserving the environment rather than for production. We work closely with environmental bodies such as Scottish Natural Heritage, the RSPB and the Forestry Commission to preserve natural habitats for birds, mammals and wildflowers.

Our colonsay hotel and colonsay holiday cottages are run in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way wherever possible. We are committed to the principles of Ecotourism and are proud of our green credentials.


Farming & Conservation

The estate land is farmed and managed with the principle aim of preserving the environment rather than for production. We work closely with environmental bodies such as Scottish Natural Heritage, the RSPB and the Forestry Commission to preserve natural habitats for birds, mammals and wildflowers.

We have several designated areas of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We graze black face sheep and a suckler herd of cattle. We have one herd of Highland cattle down at Garvard.

Our farming methods are generally organic and we employ corncrake and chough friendly farming procedures in conjunction with the RSPB.


Future Projects

There are a number of important projects that we are working on that we hope will have a significant impact on the sustainability of the island. Some of the key projects are outlined briefly below.

Wind Turbine
We have built a medium size 100kW wind turbine which will supply up to 7 households and a number of holiday cottages with electricity.

Electric vehicles
We are committed to moving towards electric vehicles in our business. We have bought our first electric van and have in stalled a number of electric charging points on the island. There is also a fast charging point at the pier.

Affordable housing
We are working on the development of a complex of affordable housing to enable key workers to move to the island and to provide suitable sheltered housing for elderly residents.

Further eradication of Rhododendron ponticum
We have an ongoing commitment to continue this vital environmental project ot rid the island of the invasive R. ponticum.

Moorland and coastal management
We have an on going programme to manage these important habitats.

We are a member of the Green Tourism Scheme and are committed to the principles of sustainable tourism. We recycle wherever possible and try to use eco friendly and energy saving methods wherever we can.

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

Balerominmhor

In a spectacular position at the end of a mile-long rough track. This house has commanding sea views towards the isles of Islay and Jura.

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.

latest news

October Food and Drink Festival 2017

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!

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FESTIVAL OF SPRING 2018

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"

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Colonsay Book Festival 2018

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.