Calmac website search form

Welcome toColonsay

An unspoilt island with 22 peaks, a micro-brewery, and diverse marine life.

1 of 5 Kittiwake, Isle of Colonsay

More about Colonsay

Ideal for:

Nature & wildlife Outdoor adventure Walking Golf

A beautiful, remote island with 22 MacPhies

Looking for a remote Scottish island? Getting the ferry to Colonsay might be the answer. Off the west coast is Dubh Artach - the black rock - and then nothing till Canada. The walks on the island are spectacular - from the coastal routes to the 22 MacPhies, Colonsay's version of the Munros. Take a boat trip round the island to see the best of the island's marine life, especially the colonies of fulmars, razorbills and kittiwakes on the western cliffs.

Back on land, there's also a micro-brewery, a population of native honey bees, golden beaches, and a herd of wild goats. A golf course, too, if you fancy playing one of the remotest 18 holes of your career. Colonsay's music, book, and spring festivals are worth a look, too, if you want to add some culture to your island adventure.

For more on Colonsay visit Explore Argyll or Colonsay's  websites.



How to get here

The CalMac ferry from Oban to Colonsay takes 2 hours 20 minutes. You can also sail from Islay, which takes 70 minutes and can be reached from Kennacraig. Vehicle reservations are recommended.

Buy Tickets

Looking for the best form of travel to and from our ports? Our Public Transport Journey Planner can help you plot your journey from anywhere in the UK, using a wide range of public transport options e.g. ferry, train and bus.

We have also listed some travel information below that you may find useful:

Getting to Oban 

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. If you are travelling with an electric vehicle, charging points are available at Argyll College in Oban.  Colonsay also has a number of high speed and rapid charging points including at the CalMac Terminal in Scalasaig.

Postcode for sat nav

Oban Port: PA34 4DB

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. 

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. 

Getting to Kennacraig

By car

The route from Kennacraig to Oban is about 55 miles on the A83 and A816. On a good day it'll take about 1 hour 30 minutes. If you are travelling with an electric vehicle, 3 rapid charging points are available in the car marshalling area approximately 15 meters from the Kennacraig Terminal building.  

Postcode for sat nav

Kennacraig: PA29 6YF

Helpful tips for driving on Colonsay

Video transcript - How to drive on single track roads

Travelling without a car

By bus

The 926 bus runs between Kennacraig and Glasgow, and takes roughly 3 hours 10 minutes. There are no buses on the Isle of Colonsay.

By foot

The Isle of Colonsay is around 10 miles long and 2 miles wide. There are numerous walks throughout the island that allow visitors to explore some of the islands diverse flora and fauna, and archaeological sites which are of international significance. The coastline offers an array of magnificent beaches with the most notable being the breath taking Kiloran Beach where you may even see Golden Eagles over the cliffs at the edge of the bay. Guided walks are also available on the island. The Isle of Colonsay website has more information about walks on the island.

By bike 

The Island of Colonsay is part of the Inner Hebrides and has around 15 miles worth of roads, so cycling around the island shouldn't take too long, but there are some challenging climbs on this loop road. There are some fantastic beaches on the west coast and why not stop of at Colonsay House for some refreshments, and why not explore the woods at Kiloran House, or even the caves at Kiloran Bay. For more information on things to do on Colonsay, visit the Island of Colonsay website.

Note: Groups of cyclists should contact us in advance advising of preferred sailings, as space on some ferries may be limited.

Plan your journey at CycleStreets

View on interactive map

We're making your journey even easier

Use our new Journey Planner tool to plan your bus, rail and ferry travel to Scotland's west coast and islands.

Plan your journey to Colonsay

Travelling options
  1. Transport

Customer notice

The timetable information used is powered by Traveline and may not account for service changes, tidal amends or additional sailings. The information therefore may be subject to change. Please check the Service Status page before you travel.

See up to date service status here

Close Don't show again