There's no lack of activities to fill your holiday on Colonsay. We've highlighted a few on their own pages in the menu above, and some other ideas below:

Cave Exploration

The caves at the north end of Kiloran Bay are visited quite easily, but the New Cave to the south requires a bit of planning. Make sure you have at least two torches, and that somebody knows where you have gone. The approach is quite difficult - wear long trousers and tread warily. There are quite a few other caves at Uragaig and elsewhere, but remember that they are all in use. The otters, bats, pigeons, spiders and other inhabitants are very tolerant, but please minimise the impact of your visit.

Heritage Centre

Visit the temporary heritage centre at Port Mòr. Find out more about the Colonsay and Oransay Heritage Trust.

Star Gazing

With our low levels of light polution, there are many opportunities to enjoy the sky at night. Many holiday homes are well positioned in this respect, otherwise the most accessible viewing points are around Kiloran Bay or the golf-course at Machrins. Look northwards to avoid the reflected lights of Glasgow and Lochgilphead; the Northern Lights are a rare but truly awesome spectacle and shooting stars can be seen most nights.

Antiquities and Social History

Almost any walk or expedition is enhanced by an objective. On your rambles you will find all sorts of sites of interest, everything from hut-circles to bait-holes. Many of these sites have never been recorded, but all the monuments in Colonsay and Oransay are listed and described in the RCAHM booklet available at the Bookshop (£9.95); there is also a website which will prove worthwhile but it may be enough to select sites from the Ordnance Survey map.

Make a Film

You could make a fim, and post it on Youtube! There are half-a-dozen examples already on line to inspire you - click the youtube link at the foot of the page to find them.

Here is an example, by Sandra Cairney, who visited in May 2018

Another remains a bit of a favourite - it is a film by Laura Brown, showing the controlled explosion of a WWII mine in Kiloran Bay - the soundtrack is great, because the Bomb Disposal team allowed the primary schoolchildren to press the button!


Some things can almost go without saying, but do remember the delights of kite-flying, picnics, barbecues, cowrie-shell collecting, treasure-hunts, bicycling, kayaking, skinny-dipping, rock-pools, comparing lichens, following half-forgotten pathways, and admiring lizards, dragonflies and water-boatmen. If you happen to be a serious metal-detector person, and have permission to search, please have a word with Kevin Byrne as he has an idea for a worthwhile ploy...

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: