Vibrant Sea water with mountains on the Horizon

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The isles of Colonsay & Oransay form part of the Hebrides, situated off the west coast of Scotland. Neatly sandwiched between Mull to the north and Islay & Jura to the south, we can offer amazing sandy beaches, outstanding scenery, rocky shorelines, shimmering lochs, rolling machair, stunning flora, sunsets and history & heritage in spades.

Perhaps most importantly, a stay on Colonsay offers a break from the hustle and bustle of real life, a chance to unwind and get back in tune with nature and a slower pace of life.

Don’t let the small geographical size of Colonsay fool you into thinking there may not be much to do and see. When it comes to variety, Colonsay & Oransay definitely punch above their weight, with some of the best bits of all the Hebridean islands packed into its 10 mile by 2 mile landmass.

The crescent shaped Kiloran Bay (towards the north of Colonsay), is one of the iconic beaches of all of the Hebrides, with  the beautiful Balnahard Bay still further north.  Plenty of white sand and clear waters can be found at the south end of the island, which also boasts amazing views to Jura and good shell collecting opportunities. 

Both Colonsay & Oronsay offer great walking and cycling opportunities, with routes and terrain to suit all ages and abilities. 

Walking guide books are available from the island bookshop or take a look at the Colonsay & Oransay routes recommended by Walk Highlands.

Outdoor Access Scotland offers great advice for enjoying the Scottish countryside

Or you may just prefer to sit on the beach with a picnic, build sand castles and splash in the sea! 

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