How do I get to Colonsay? There are two ways to get to Colonsay on the Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferry. The first is the more regular service from Oban. The second is the weekly service from Port Askaig on Islay. There is also a flight available 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 Colonsay? There is no public transport on Colonsay. However, it is an ideal island for walkers and cyclists. Bicycle hire is available at the Booking office of the Colonsay Hotel.
What's worth visiting on Colonsay? Sea-fari adventures offer boat trips around the island and the Colonsay House rhododendron and woodland garden is considered to be one of the finest rhododendron gardens in Scotland. Also, the neighbouring island of Oransay is definitely worth a visit. The island is best known for Oronsay Priory, a 14th century ruined Augustinian priory and the Oronsay Cross, originally carved on Iona.
Where can I stay on Colonsay? There are around 25 self-catering properties on Colonsay, but they are booked up quite quickly. Also, there is the Colonsay Hotel, which dates back to 1722. There is also Corncrake Cottage Bed and Breakfast and the Backpackers lodge, which is part of the Colonsay Estate.
Are there any books/DVD's about Colonsay? Islay, Jura and Colonsay: A Historical Guide by David Caldwell, Colonsay - Elements of an Island by Brian Hindmarch, Clyde to Colonsay (Yachtsmans Pilot) by Martin Lawrence, Colonsay and Oronsay (Islands) by Norman S. Newton, Walking on Jura, Islay and Colonsay (British Mountains) by Peter Edwards,Exploring Colonsay (West Highland).
Any other information on Colonsay? In 1904, Colonsay was sold to to Lord Strathcona, who had made his fortune in Canada with the Hudson Bay Company and went on to found the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Other islands in Inner Hebrides: Arran, Bute, Coll, Cumbrae, Easdale, Gigha, Holy Isle, Iona, Islay, Jura, Lismore, Luing, Mull, Seil, Tiree, Ulva