Our pick of things to do
As well as taking advantage of all that nature has to offer in the way of wonderful and rare flora and fauna, historical forts and landmarks, lochs and hills, sandy beaches and great walks, you can also add a number of other activities to your list of things to do.
Colonsay House Gardens
Considered to have one of the finest rhododendron collections in Scotland, these gardens are well worth a visit. The woodland gardens are open all year, with the private inner gardens open on Wednesdays and Fridays. The Workshop Café at the Gardens serves delicious home baked cakes and freshly made soup and sandwiches in a charming setting. Open for lunch and afternoon teas on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays.
Colonsay Heritage Centre
Situated round in Kilchattan in the former Baptist Church, Colonsay & Oransay Heritage Trust have great display of past island life and history. Freely open all the time. www.colonsaycaptured.com
Colonsay Golf Course & Club
Test your skills on this challenging 18 hole links course, set on the beautiful Machrins machair ground. Membership is available at the Colonsay Hotel Office and competitions are often held during the summer.
Colonsay Hotel, Restaurant and Bar
Enjoy a drink, stay for a meal or call in for a peaceful cup of coffee. Weekly quiz nights & children’s DVD nights throughout the summer. Telephone 01951 200316
Amazing beer and lager from this micro-brewery. Take a look round, visit the shop & stock up for your holiday!
The Pantry is a family café & restaurant, ideal for lunch, suppers & teas. Fully licensed and open all day and in a handy position near to the pier, they also bake a wonderful selection of bread & cakes for taking away.
Tel 01951200325 | www.thecolonsaypantry.co.uk
A MacPhie is Colonsay's equivalent to a Munro, but not as high. Purists may wish to climb all the peaks on Colonsay and Oransay that exceed 300ft in one go on a connected walk, but they can also be tackled one at a time! There are 22 peaks in the Official List, and the distance is about 20 miles. Find out about MacPhie bagging and more information about Colonsay at www.visitcolonsay.co.uk
Visit the tidal island of Oronsay, situated off the south end of Colonsay. Walk across at low tide to see its fourteenth-century Priory, with church, cloister, exquisite medieval cross and fine grave-slabs. Timing of this expedition is crucial, so please check in the Post Office for daily safe crossing times.
The church of Scotland in Scalasaig holds services every Sundays at 11.30am. The parish is served by visiting ministers for united worship and persons of all denominations are very welcome to attend.
The Bookshop at Scalasaig carries a large selection of books, specialising in titles with a Scottish and Hebridean flavour. They also have an antiquarian section, as well as crafts, cards and small gifts.
Telephone 01951 200232
Summer social events
During the summer the island also puts on many other activities, such as Ceilidhs, Sports day, the Regatta, Golf Tournaments, Craft Sales, Quizzes and Art Exhibitions. Look for notices in the Shop, Pantry, and Hotel.
Beachcombing and shells
Get out and about exploring & collecting. Colonsay gets a good selection of ‘treasure’ washed up – from sea worn wood, to old bottles, to aluminium fishing buoys. Also see how many different shell varieties you can find.
Annual island festivals
Wild Thyme Spirits Gin Distillery
Gin Lovers Retreat, Private Gin tastings and Distillery visits.
T 01951 200082