The Colonsay

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'A wild and remote location; nice simple bedrooms, spacious and comfortable public rooms, plenty of attentive staff.' Jane and Alex Howard's renovated mid-18th-century inn, on a hill above the harbour, is 'just right for the setting' (say inspectors). A reader agreed: 'You have to make allowances for the remoteness and the fact that they have to be all things to all visitors; overall it is a good effort.' Irina and Ivan Lisovyy joined as managers in 2013. Some of the bedrooms have sea views; others look towards the hills or the church. They are simply furnished, with whites or pastel shades on the walls. The 'well-maintained' garden has outdoor seating areas; public rooms 'have good sofas and plenty of light; wood-burning stoves and open fires to give them a cosy feel'. There is locally brewed beer in the bar, which is popular with islanders and visiting sailors. In the dining room, head chef Robert Smyth's 'simply prepared but delicious' dishes are prepared with vegetables and herbs from the hotel's kitchen garden. There is a children's menu. The continental breakfast has home-made bread and jams; cooked dishes cost extra.
  • Nice simple rooms, spacious and comfortable public rooms, and plenty of attentive staff. The food was competant but not special (apart from the local honey). The staff were attentive but not polished. Some of the pricing was a little quirky. A truly stunning island.

    T.A., 03/06/2012

  • On a hill, with stunning views all round. The manager, Lorne Smith,seems to have his finger on the pulse, and the staff are very welcoming. Our room was large, simply furnished but comfortable. The public rooms have good sofas and plenty of light. Wood-burning stoves give a cosy feel. The dining roon was informal and relaxed. The menu changes little each day but there are always local huge oysters, scallops and other seafood. The food is simply prepared and delicious. Not a luxyry hotel but it is right for the setting.

    J T, 28/05/2012

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Local attractions

Colonsay House
Woodland and rhododenron gardens.
Kiloran Bay
The best beach for surfing in the area.
Colonsay Golf Course
An 18-hole course, overlooking Machrins Bay.

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Contact Details

The Colonsay

Isle of Colonsay COLONSAY Argyll and Bute Scotland PA61 7YP


01951 200316

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information




Mar-Oct, Christmas, New Year, no check-in Mon and Sat.


conservatory lounge, log room, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, wedding facilities, accommodation unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

'easy listening' occasionally in bar.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in 2 bedrooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2013] per room B&B £70-£145. D,B&B £30 per person added.