Colonsay Fly-fishing Association

The lochs are managed with a view to conserving the native brown trout. There are no rainbows and no imported fish - the native stock are a distinct strain, the descendants of the fish that were introduced by the monastic community of Kiloran Abbey. Fishing is available in all the lochs and the season runs from March 17 to September 30. There are very few restrictions, but adult visitors are asked to confine themselves to fly-fishing only. Up to four good-sized fish per day may be kept for the table, all others to be returned. There are no restrictions upon island residents or their bona fide private guests, but all others are requested to join the Association (either at the Hotel, or at the Office of Colonsay Estate). Members will receive access to the fishing log, and will also be able to use the boats provided. Please note that it is a condition of use that lifejackets are worn and that children are properly supervised.


Unless you have access to a boat, you will be restricted to rock-fishing with a rod, or line fishing from the pier or slip. Rock-fishing is not a local speciality, but we have noticed visitors fishing from the lighthouse point at Scalasaig and imagine that any such promontory with a reasonable depth of water and strong current might be suitable. If you choose to fish from the pier or slipway, do ensure that children are properly supervised - and please shut the gate which gives access to the pier, to discourage children from wandering down there alone. They say that high tide is best, and when it is not too sunny. Handlines can be purchased at the shop - if you use proper darrows, you will not need bait.

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: