Arinagour - Isle of Coll

Arinagour – Isle of Coll

“The isle of Coll is a lovely, quiet island and is one of my favourites.  It’s not an island to come to if you expect mainland comforts and everything at you doorstep.  However, if you are after peace and quiet and maybe a little bit of solitude, Coll is the place for you.  I could almost feel myself de-stressing as I spent time there.
One of my abiding memories is of reading the newspaper on the patio outside the Isle of Coll Hotel (the only one on the island) surrounded by palm tree’s and overlooking the harbour.  Sheer bliss!
Also, I remember travelling down to one of the nicest beaches on Coll, Feall beach.  This involved leaving my bike at the side of the road and walking down a track for about a mile.  I then scrambled to the top of nearby Ben Feall and sat there for a while, taking in the beautiful views of Feall Bay.
Coll is an island for those seeking piece and quiet and who enjoy nature and the natural beauty of Hebridean islands”.

 

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.

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 the isle of 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.

 

Any other information on Coll?  There is an extensive RSPB reserve towards the west end of the isle 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.

 

Other islands in Inner HebridesArran, Bute, Colonsay, Cumbrae, Easdale, Gigha, Holy Isle, Iona, Islay, JuraKerrera, Lismore, Luing, Mull, Seil, Tiree, Ulva