The Colonsay

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Built in 1750 as an inn for the islanders, this whitewashed hotel in a rugged landscape overlooking the harbour has not only a kitchen garden but its own oyster farm. Owners Jane and Alex Howard opened their doors to guests in 2007 after a stylish renovation – painted floorboards, open fires, sea colours of green, grey and blue. Hugo Arnold, food writer and hotel and restaurant consultant, leads occasional foraging groups. Ivan Lisovyy is the manager. There is plenty of comfortable seating in the public rooms; the bar is ‘buzzy’ with locals. The ‘simply furnished’ bedrooms are ‘warm’ but airy. The ‘relaxed, unpretentious’ feel continues in the restaurant, which has views of the harbour, and a wood-burning stove. The seasonal menu is based on local produce – ‘lovely’ soups, shellfish, lamb, beef, pork with organic salads and vegetables, hand-cut chips, newly baked bread, Scottish cheeses. White linen tablecloths, and Egyptian sheets on the beds are touches of luxury. Hot breakfasts are ‘well cooked and tasty’. Golden eagles, grey seal and otters are among the wildlife. Colonsay House gardens are renowned for their rhododendrons.
  • A relaxed hotel, the social hub of the island. Ivan Lisovyy is a hands-on manager, meeting the ferry, serving drinks and meals, chatting to guests. The same menu was generally available in the bar and the restaurant. In the restaurant we ate delicious sea bass; the vegetables were good; in the bar excellent fish and chips and perfectly good burger. Although the redesign was completed in 2007, the building was kept in pristine order. The public areas have a seaside feel; a lounge has sofas and armchairs, board games, books, etc. The atmosphere is buzzy with locals, hotel guests and other visitors having a good time.

    Desmond Balmer, 23/08/2016

  • 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

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–Nov, Christmas, New Year, check-in days Fri, Sat, Sun, Wed, Thur.


conservatory lounge, log room, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi on ground floor, accommodation unsuitable for disabled.

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all ages welcomed, children under 12 free if sharing with parents.


allowed in 2 bedrooms, public rooms except restaurant.

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MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £75–£150, D,B&B £30 added per person. À la carte £25–£30.