Isle of Coll

Isle of Coll

Although it rises to only 104m, Coll is a rugged island, contrasting with the fertility of nearby Tiree. The population is less than 200, mostly in and around the tiny capital Arinagour, and much of Coll has a remote feel.

The island is best known for its superb sandy beaches, some of which must rank amongst the finest in all the Hebrides, and many backed by huge dune systems. Much of western Coll is an RSPB reserve; the rich machair flower meadows, moors and farmland providing a habitat for a range of birds. The island is one of the most important refuges of the corncrake, once widespread throughout Britain but now one of its rarest birds. Though hard to spot, their distinctive crek-crek call is unmistakeable in the summer months.

Please note that much of Coll is a crofting landscape with many grazing sheep and cattle (as well as being important for ground breeding birds). Dogs should be kept under close control at all times and preferably on a short lead during lambing season.


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