Colonsay & Oronsay | Colin Nutt

About

Known as ‘The Jewel of the Hebrides’, Colonsay is famed for its sandy bays, stunning natural scenery, huge diversity of flora and fauna and fascinating archaeological sites. Neighbouring Oronsay sits half a mile to the south. Walk across from Colonsay at low tide to visit the beautifully preserved and fascinating 14th century Oronsay Priory.

Famous For

  • The wide, golden sweep of the iconic Kiloran Bay has inspired many an artist and beachcomber.

  • The remains of the 14th century Oronsay Priory are incredibly well preserved and house a nationally significant collection of carved mediaeval gravestones.

  • The Palladian style of Colonsay House is widely celebrated, as is the stunning variety of rhododendra in its gardens.

Ask an Islander

  • The Colonsay and Oronsay Heritage Trust has a fascinating free exhibition on island life – you’ll find it in the old Baptist Church in Upper Kilchattan.

  • Forget Munro-bagging – try MacPhie-bagging instead. Defined as any hill over 300ft, there are 21 of them on Colonsay and one on Oronsay. If you’re fit, they can all be bagged in a day!

  • The 18-hole classic machair golf course at Machrins Bay is reputedly over 200 years old.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Visit Colonsay - accommodation

Isle of Colonsay - accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about Colonsay & Oronsay at the links below

Visit Colonsay

Wild about Argyll - Colonsay

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 between Oban on the mainland and Colonsay. Occasional sailings are also available from Kennacraig on the mainland to Colonsay, via Islay.

Hebridean Air operates scheduled flights between Oban on the mainland and Colonsay. Some flights go via Islay.

Oronsay is accessible from Colonsay on foot at low tide. Please check tide times locally before crossing.

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.