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.
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.
Sheltered cottage in the heart of the rhododendron gardens near Colonsay House. Beautifully refurbished in 2016 - now with oil-fired central heating, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large open plan sitting/dining/kitchen. It has WiFi.
AVAILABLE FOR SHORT BREAKS. ANY DAY CHANGEOVER.
The 12th Colonsay FOOD and DRINK Festival will run from 7th to 19th October 2023. We have celebrity experts demonstrating, presenting and tasting. This year we have Charlotte Flower (extraordinary chocolatier), Christopher Trotter (presenter and author), Alison Henderson (renowned forager, chef and baker) and Amy Rankine (hugely qualified wild foraging expert) to forage, cook and learn to make bread!
Now in its 11th year, the Colonsay Book Festival will be held on the weekend of 29th and 30th April 2023. It is the smallest and most remote literary festival in the UK but it attracts authors with huge reputations.
Following the huge success of our Festival of Spring, we are delighted to announce that the festival has a new theme of the great outdoors! It will run from 24th April to 8th May 2023. The programme will be available in due course at www.springfest.co.uk
House for sale in spectacular countryside position with loch views.
Traditional stone cottage, 3 bedrooms, sitting room, bathroom and kitchen. Plot is large enough for substantial side extension with views. Offers over £220000.