Coll | Chaotic Scot

About

With nature in abundance and spectacular night skies, Coll offers fantastic opportunities to both get up close to wildlife and ponder the nature of the universe. Winter is often the best time to explore the island's internationally recognised 'dark skies', whilst summer provides ample opportunity to explore the machair flora whilst listening for the distinctive crex-crex of the elusive corncrake.

Famous For

  • Coll's famous corncrakes are safeguarded by the sustainable management of the island's RSPB reserve, which was set up in the late 80s to protect this rare bird.

  • The island is a Dark Sky Community recognised by the International Dark-Sky Association, and holds regular events to encourage locals and visitors to explore the night skies.

  • Fans of the Katie Morag book series may find the island familiar - children's author Mairi Hedderwick's long association with the island provided inspiration for the fictional ‘Isle of Struay’ from the books.

Ask an Islander

  • The island might be famous for corncrakes, but it is also home to many other wildlife rarities, including hen harriers, sand lizards, the spotted rock-rose, Irish lady’s-tresses, and oil beetles.

  • The Coll Hotel is known for its award-winning cuisine, which uses locally sourced produce including freshly caught seafood and Hebridean lamb.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Isle of Coll

More Information

You can find some additional information about Coll at the links below

Visit Coll

Wild About Argyll - Coll and Tiree

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


CalMac Ferries operate regular sailings to Coll from Oban on the mainland. Some sailings go via Tiree. During summer months, CalMac Ferries also operate a weekly ferry connection between Coll and Barra.

Hebridean Air operates scheduled flights between Oban on the mainland and Coll. Some flights go via Tiree.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.