The Island of Colonsay, lies at the entrance to the Firth of Lorne, South of the Ross of Mull and North of Islay and Jura. Visitors to Colonsay and its immediate neighbour, Oransay, enjoy the quiet sandy beaches and the wonderful wildlife. Unlike most of the other inner Hebrides islands, Colonsay does not have a daily link with the mainland for cars. There are just over 100 inhabitants of this wonderful isle with the main population centre being Scalasaig on the east coast. This is where the car ferry from Oban comes and goes as well as the ferries to the islands of Islay and Jura. There are very limited facilities for tourists on the island and so it is best to arrive planned with accommodation already booked.
There are huge colonies of seabirds who roost on the western cliffs of the island and the waters are full of seals, dolphins and whales. There are also feral goats on the island as with many of the west coast areas of Scotland. Colonsay like other Inner Hebridean Islands benefits from some quite extraordinary weather. Rarely very cold in the winter and often very dry in the summer. This is due to the Branch of the Gulf Stream that warmly washes our western coast line.
The island has a good reputation of friendliness to all visitors at any time of year and combined with the unique position and relative remoteness of Colonsay it is becoming a must visit place for visitors to the west coast and Argyll. The Community development trust is also engaged in a huge range of work aimed at a sustainable approach to the regeneration of the island.
The Corncrake is rarely seen on Scottish Islands but can be heard on many. Colonsay is no exception and many twitchers come to the island in the hope of not only hearing this elusive bird but also of getting a glimpse. There are also colonies of wading birds and of course the Chough which is rare in Scotland and is a member of the crow family.
The island of Oransay, also a great haven for many species of birds is connected to Colonsay by a strand which covers at high water. Oransay has interesting priory ruins