Isle of Colonsay - Kiloran Bay

Isle of Colonsay – Kiloran Bay

How do I get to the Isle of 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. The best ferry journey I ever had was travelling from Oban to Colonsay on a balmy summers day a few years ago. I sat outside for the whole journey and it was absolute bliss!   There is also a flight available from Connel Airport in Oban with Hebridean Air

How do I get around the Isle of 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.

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What’s worth visiting on the Isle of Colonsay?  Sea-fari adventures offer boat trips to and around the island and the Colonsay House rhododendron and woodland garden is considered to be one of the finest rhododendron gardens in Scotland.  Colonsay has it’s own micro-brewery, selling some excellent real ales. I talk about Colonsays excellent ales in my Blog Post – So beer and yet so far.  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 the Isle of Colonsay?  There are around 25 self-catering properties on the Isle of Colonsay, but they are booked up very quickly, especially in the summer months.  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.

Any other information on the Isle of 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 the Inner Hebrides: Arran, Bute, Coll, Cumbrae, Easdale, Gigha, Holy Isle, Iona, Islay, JuraKerrera, Lismore, Luing, Mull, Seil, Tiree, Ulva

 

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