You might have seen on Instagram last week that I’ve been on the tiny island of Colonsay. My family and I have had the most wonderful holiday on this magical island and thought I would share a few pictures and tips with you. The West coast of Scotland is exceptionally beautiful ,and if you can get the right weather there then you’re in for a treat! We were incredibly lucky with the glorious sunshine we experienced all week which allowed for beach time, picnics, dog walking, kayaking and even a couple of little dips in the sea!
The ferries from Oban run once a day to and from the Island. Ours was quite early so the night before we stayed not far from Oban in a gorgeous hotel in Port Appin. The Pierhouse is renowned for its seafood and it did not disappoint. I’d definitely recommend this friendly hotel if you’re near Oban, it’s such a picturesque little spot and very accessible from Oban.Once we arrived on Colonsay we headed straight to our holiday cottage in Scalasaig. We thought it was the perfect spot within walking distance of the hotel,shop, cafe and post office. The rest of the week was spent exploring this tiny island other by foot, or bike. The beaches are heavenly – Kilhoran Bay was a favourite and whilst we didn’t make it to Balnahard Bay we’ve vowed on our next trip we will!
Hire bikes from Archie’s bike Hire and cycle round the island – £8 a day.
Visit Colonsay House Gardens and pick up home-made cakes on your way home.
Head to the Colonsay Hotel for delicious food, great atmosphere and the pub quiz on a Thursday!
Walk, sun-bathe or swim at Kilhoran Bay – it is breathtakingly beautiful.
Walk to Oransay when the tide is out.
Drive through the golf course to the adjacent beach – which we thought was perfect for kayaking.
Order oysters, or lobster from local fisherman to have for supper.
Take a day trip to Islay and explore the distilleries , or go pony trekking at Ballivicar Farm.
Below: View looking over to Jura. The beach down by the golf course was another favourite of ours, lots of little coves to shelter in or make camp and the dogs loved it too! We attempted to walk to Balnahard one sunny day but didn’t quite realise how far it was – it’s a 3 hour hike! We still manage to get quite high though with spectacular views over Kilhoran Bay so it was worth it! Pictures below.
On our last day we took a boat to Islay and whilst the boys were at the distillery the girls went riding. The Ballivicar ponies were very sweet and we all loved cantering across the beach at Port Ellen! We also stopped off at The Islay Woollen Mill, a charming old mill who weave beautiful tweeds. Definitely worth a visit!If you’re planning a holiday to the west coast Scotland definitely put Colonsay on your list of places to visit, it is such a charming little Island with so much to offer, I defy anyone not to enjoy themselves there!