Nature & Heritage


Heritage


Flora & Fauna

The mild climate and high sunshine hours, amongst the longest in Great Britain, makes Colonsay something of a naturalist's paradise.

THE WILDFLOWERS
For botanists, there are 500 species of local flora recorded, including some rarities such as sea samphire, marsh helleborine and most rare of all an orchid, Spiranthes romanzoffiana. There are bluebells in spring, and wild garlic, primroses and yellow irises; brilliant blue scillas in the coastal rocks and harebells in the sand dunes; and, of course, everywhere in the summer the subtle variety of heather colours.

THE BIRDS
From choughs to golden eagles, the birdwatcher has over 150 birds to look out for. The very rare corncrake breeds on Colonsay and it's cicada like rasp is familiar sound in the fields from May onwards. The guillemots breed in their thousands on the cliffs at Pigs Paradise and it is possibele to see fulmar colonies, red-throated divers and the amazing acrobatics of gannets at sea.

THE ANIMALS
There are colonies of grey seals and they can be spotted all around the coast of the island. Otters are found along the eastern coast of the island and occasionally dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks can be seen further out to sea.

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

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

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Low occupancy discount of up to 20% (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).

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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.

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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.

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Harbour

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

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Sgreadan Cottage

This stone cottage has wonderful views over Loch Fada and is set back about 100m above the road up a short track. AVAILABLE FOR SHORT BREAKS AND ANY DAY CHANGEOVER.

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Avenue Cottage

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.

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October Food and Drink Festival 2021

The 10th Colonsay FOOD and DRINK Festival will run from 9th October 2021 for 2 weeks. We have celebrity experts demonstrating, presenting and tasting. In 2019 we featured Marie Cheong-Thong (Japanese cooking and world renowned sake expert), Charlotte Flower (extraordinary chocolatier), Christopher Trotter (presenter and author), Alison Henderson (renowned chef and baker) and Fiona Misselbrook (fabulous cookery teacher) to forage, cook and learn to make bread!

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Open for Business

We have robust and strict protocols to enable us to operate our businesses safely. This will help protect guests, staff and our local community. We are accredited by Visit Britains's "Good To Go".

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Colonsay Book Festival 2022

Now in its 10th year, the Colonsay Book Festival will be held on the weekend of 23rd and 24th April 2022. It is the smallest and most remote literary festival in the UK but it attracts authors with huge reputations.

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OUTDOORS FESTIVAL OF SPRING 2021

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 26th April to 10th May 2021. The programme will be available in due course at www.springfest.co.uk

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House for sale

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 £200000.