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Welcome toColonsay

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

1 of 4 Kiloran Bay Cows, Isle of Colonsay

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Nature & wildlife Outdoor adventure

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.

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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.

Getting to Kennacraig

By bus

The 926 bus runs between Kennacraig and Glasgow, and takes roughly 3 hours 10 minutes. Check Citylink  for more details.

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.

Postcode for sat nav

Kennacraig: PA29 6YF
Oban Port: PA34 4DB

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