Colonsay is beautiful! It has miles of unspoilt coastline and hills to walk, endless adventures, a charming golf course and a ruined village to visit. The outstanding Kiloran bay is one of Scotland's finest beaches. There is a hotel restaurant and pub, a cafe, a good grocery shop which will take orders and deliver to the cottage for you, a post office, an excellent bookshop, bikes to hire from our neighbour in Upper Kilchattan, a micro brewery with gift shop, a craft shop with local knitting and other crafts, a visitors point and gallery on the pier.
Colonsay also has a wonderful musical tradition with an annual music festival in September, regular concerts and weekly ceilidhs in holiday season. The RSPB have a strong presence on the island and organise wonderful guided nature walks during the summer. Delicious local produce includes oysters, lobster, crab, honey and fresh vegetables.
Colonsay is a beautiful and remote Scottish island sitting on the edge of the Atlantic, with views of Iona, Mull, and Jura, two and a half hours from Oban by regular ferry: it's a fabulous holiday location where you can really relax and enjoy peace and stunning natural surroundings.
We are an architect couple with 3 teenage children and two dogs, and we bought Alister Annie's in 2011. We adore to spend our holidays here, and now also let it out for others to enjoy as much as we do! The cottage sits on its own original 8 acre croft land, set well back above the road with views of Loch Fada, and of the sea over to the west, within the very quiet Upper Kilchattan hamlet. It sleeps 4/5 and is arranged on 2 levels: on the ground floor there is a sitting room with a coal fire, a kitchen/dining room, as well as the bathroom. Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms: one double (with an extra futon bed for a child) and one twin bedroom, these are accessed by steep ladder style staircases, typical in traditional Colonsay croft cottages. We also have a small cosy caravan parked within the bothy behind the cottage, which we sometimes let as an extra bedroom by special arrangement - great for teenagers! The cottage has a Freeview TV, CD player, and a washing machine.