Found in the Southern Hebrides, Colonsay is a remote island that is tranquil, peaceful, and ideal to get away from it all – literally.
Only around 100 people live on the island permanently, but despite that there is a small airport that connects Colonsay to Oban. There is also a ferry port.
Colonsay is known for its natural habitats, unspoilt and beautiful. The coastline is stunning with dramatic, rugged cliffs leading down to perfectly sheltered beaches. The west coast is less sheltered, and is subject to fierce winds from the Atlantic.
Thanks to its excellent combination of weather and soil, Colonsay is where the extremely rare orchis spiranthes romanzoffiana can be found. Apart from this, Colonsay is said to have the largest variety of plantlife in all the Hebrides – about 500 different species. If flora is your passion, you should definitely visit Colonsay House and the woodland garden there; it is considered to be the finest rhododendron garden in Scotland.
Wildlife is rife on Colonsay too including over 100 different species of birds. This includes the rate corncrake, buzzards, and even the island’s own pair of breeding golden eagles. Otters, seals and goats frequent the coastline.
Ferries to Colonsay, Scotland
|Oban Colonsay||7 weekly||2¼ hours||See prices °|
|Port Askai Colonsay||2 weekly||1¼ hours||See prices °|
This information is for reference purposes only. Journey times are approximate. Frequency is based on typical schedules. Schedules are subject to availability and weather conditions. Information correct at the time of writing.
Taster Cruise Ship Itineraries
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Scalasaig, Isle of Colonsay, PA61 7YW, United Kingdom