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Welcome toColl

Coll is a Dark Sky reserve with no less than 23 beaches. It's also the place to see basking sharks.

1 of 4 Arinagour, Isle of Coll

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Nature & wildlife Outdoor adventure

The Dark Sky island

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.

Rare birds and wild flowers

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. 


How to get here

The ferry from Oban to Coll takes just over 2 hours 30 minutes. Vehicle reservations are recommended.


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Getting to Oban

By train

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. Check Scotrail for train times.

By bus

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. Check Citylink  for more details.

By car

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.

Helpful tips for driving on Coll

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Oban Port: PA34 4DB


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