How do I get to Coll? The main way to get to Coll is using the Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferry from Oban. This is a journey of around three hours. You can also catch the ferry from neighbouring Tiree, which is a journey of around an hour. There is also a flight available, Mondays, Wednesdays and some Fridays, from Connel Airport in Oban with Hebridean Air. To travel throughout Scotland and the UK, you can book your tickets through The Trainline.
How do I get around Coll? There is no public transport on Coll, so the best way to get around is by bicycle or on foot. Bike hire is available in Arinagour. However, there is an island taxi service if you need it. Also, there are three detailed map displays. The first one is outside the main pier office, the next one is adjacent to the public toilets and telephone box and the last one is by the recycling centre at the Hotel's entrance.
What's worth visiting on Coll? There are many sites of archaeological interest including Standing Stones, Forts, Duns, Crannogs and a Souterrain on Coll. There are some lovely views on Coll and it is an extremely relaxing place to stay. There are remote beaches and the island is great for walkers.
Where can I stay on Coll? The Coll Hotel has been voted Scottish island Hotel of the year in 2008 and 2009 and is set in a stunning location overlooking Arinagour Bay. Alternatively, there is Tigh-na-Mara Guest House which also overlooks the Bay. There is self-catering available at Lonban Cottage, near Breachacha Bay as well as Monadh Bhan and the First Point of Coll in Arinagour. There is a Campsite available close to Breachacha Beach and Coll airport. Wild camping is also allowed on the hill behind the Coll Hotel
Are there any books/DVD's about Coll?
- Walks Isle of Mull, Coll and Tiree (Hallewell Pocket Walking Guides) by Paul Williams,
- Eilean Colla: A Guidebook to the Hebridean Isle of Coll by Martin Lunghi,
- Wild Flowers of Coll and Tiree by Doug Young,
- Coll and Tiree by Erskine Beveridge
Any other information on Coll? There is an extensive RSPB reserve towards the west end of Coll. One of the main attractions is the rare Corncrake. This bird has been able to survive on Coll due to the carrying out of traditional farming practices. You may be able to see, or at least hear, Corncrakes, in the fields near the airport or at the far end of the island.
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