Village Hall

The Village Hall was built to mark the Millenium and has excellent facilities. It can readily seat a wedding reception for up to 100 persons, and can cope with up to 250 persons at a ceilidh. It can be used for films, plays, exhibitions, meetings and can be hired for commercial use such as sales etc. The "Upper Room" is used primarily by the Arts and Crafts group.  The Village Hall is enhanced by the Community Garden, created from scratch and maintained by local volunteers. For more information please visit the Village Hall website


The Primary School is at Kilchattan and has four pupils. The school is staffed and equipped to a very high standard and has an excellent reputation. Older children attend Oban High School and return at weekends. Until recently they were unable to get home at weekends in winter, but since October 2007 they benefit from a dedicated air-service.

Medical Practice

There is a full-time resident doctor and dispensing surgery, together with nursing and homecare provision to reflect local needs.

H.M. Coastguard

The volunteer coastguard unit is based at Scalasaig and undergoes regular training. The coastguards have a wide range of equipment and can quickly call upon outside assistance if required. Members are on 24 hour standby. The nearest RNLI lifeboat is at Port Askaig and H. M. Coastguard have their own powerful RIB, normally based at Oban.


Strathclyde police at Oban maintain an independent communications system on the island. The police operate a helicopter and boats, can also call upon the RNLI lifeboat.

Fire Service

There is a modern fire-station and fire engine at Scalasaig, and the volunteers can be alerted by means of a sophisticated call-out system. Volunteers are trained in the use of Breathing Apparatus and in specialised techniques outwith the demands of normal fire-fighting.

Water supply

There is an excellent water supply from natural sources, with state-of-the-art quality control achieved by 24 hour monitoring and treatment, supervised by a local representative.


Colonsay Moorings Development

A Marine License Application for the 10 moorings due to go into Queen’s Bay was submitted to the Crown Estate in March. CCDC also submitted an application to Marine Scotland in late April. Both these applications have had a considerable amount of input from MOWI who are one of our key match-funders for this development. We hope to hear if our applications are successful in the next six to eight weeks. MOWI would like to see the moorings installed as soon as possible, but as you would expect, COVID-19 has impacted many of the administrative and physical processes required to see the 2 tonne anchor blocks put in place. Similarly, the Path Development has been delayed due to an inability to source materials. Our funder, Paths for All, are understanding of the situation and are willing to work with us on this. Colonsay Estate has agreed in principle to the path up to the church and we are working through the details with them.  
In the meantime, CCDC have been corresponding with other marine establishments, and are working on a management plan which incorporates an online booking system for the moorings.  
If anyone has any thoughts or questions about the moorings. Please contact Roz Jewell: