Publications about Colonsay

The island bookshop at Scalasaig carries a large selection of books, specialising in titles with a Scottish and Hebridean flavour. We also have an antiquarian section for rarer sources. It is more than just a bookshop, also selling craft items, woolen items, cards and small gifts. The Bookshop is open in summer, Monday - Saturday 3 p.m. until 5.30 p.m. It can be accessed at other times by contacting Kevin and Christa Byrne at Homefield tel. 01951 200320.  Contact Georgina, at home on 01951 200375, to discuss any special or unusual books.

It is also home to a well-respected publishing company, House of Lochar. The list of over eighty titles includes many classic works, most of which have a special resonance in the West of Scotland.  For online purchases of Colonsay titles or for details of the entire catalogue, please visit the House of Lochar website.

Otherwise, for more information on any title or for a price inclusive of carriage overseas please Email

Write to: Colonsay Bookshop, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll, PA61 7YZ

Telephone: 01951 200320 or 200232

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: