Coll is a Dark Sky reserve with no less than 23 beaches. It's also the place to see basking sharks.
As you roll off the ferry to Coll you might notice the complete lack of street lights. So if you're a stargazer this is the place to come. Look up on a clear night for a full view of the Milky Way, or arrive in winter and you might be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. It's pretty good in the daylight, too, with Iron Age forts, standing stones, and excellent views from the walk up Ben Hogh.
The RSPB reserve on the west coast has corncrakes - a bird you're more likely to hear than to see. Coll is also one of the best places to see basking sharks, and you can even go for a swim with them. In summer, the island's wild flowers come into full bloom, which is the perfect backdrop to the half marathon that takes place in August.
For more on Coll visit Explore Argyll's website.
The ferry from Oban to Coll takes just over 2 hours 30 minutes. Vehicle reservations are recommended.
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Oban is a 2 hours 30 minutes drive from Glasgow, 3 hours from Edinburgh, 4 hours from Aberdeen, and 2 hours 45 minutes from Inverness. If you are travelling with an electric vehicle, charging points are at Argyll College in Oban. There are no electric vehicle charging points on Coll.
Oban Port: PA34 4DB
If you're coming from the east coast, Edinburgh, or the South, you'll need to travel through Glasgow. There's a regular direct train to Oban from Glasgow Queen Street Station, and it takes just over 3 hours.
The bus route to Oban from Glasgow takes just under 3 hours, traffic permitting. The bus from Inverness to Oban takes 3 hours 30 minutes, with a change at Fort William.
The Isle of Coll is only 13 miles long and 3 miles wide and makes it a perfect destination for exploring without getting lost. Arinagour is the main settlement on Coll where you can find most local facilities and the ferry terminal. Coll is an ideal spot for all levels of walkers with the terrain consisting of quiet minor roads and sections of sandy track. Much of the western region of Coll is a RSPB reserve with machair flower meadows providing important habitats for a range of bird life such as meadow pipits, skylarks, and twits. The Visit Scotland website offers more information about walking on Coll
Mountain biking is the one of the best ways to appreciate Coll and its contrasting landscapes and stunning white beaches. Cyclists can navigate around the islands circular main road and take in many of the islands wonderful beaches at your own leisure. Bike tours and bike hire are available on the island and information can be found at Visit Coll.
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