Isle of Colonsay

Isle of Colonsay

Colonsay is a gem. This remote western island offers great variety, with a little something of the best of most aspects of the Hebrides. It is a wonderful place to explore on foot - and well deserves a detailed exploration.

The coastline has a number of superb beaches - the best known being the stunning sweep of Kiloran Bay, but there are also wild clifftops packed with nesting seabirds in the spring. The interior has rocky small hills and wild moorland, but also the rich woodlands around Colonsay House and some fertile machair. At the southern tip of the island the tidal sands of The Strand offer a link to Oronsay - famed for its ruined priory, remarkable cross and some superb, tranquil beaches of its own.


Walk Grade Length Time
Old Road: Scalasaig to Kiloran grade4.75km 1.5 hours one way
Ardskenish and Dun Ghallain grade9.5km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Balnahard and Tràigh Ban grade11.5km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Kiloran Bay and Carnan Eoin gradegrade4.25km 1.5 - 2 hours
Binnein Riabhach, Port Mòr gradegrade5.75km 2 hours
Baleromindubh and Cable Bay gradegrade7.75km 2.5 - 3 hours
Scalasaig Explorer gradegrade8km 3 - 4 hours
Dùn Uragaig & Loch an Sgoltaire, Kiloran Bay gradegrade8.5km 3 - 4 hours
Oronsay and the Strand gradegrade10km 3 - 4 hours

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