The Colonsay

Colonsay, Argyll and Bute

You can take the ferry from Oban, or hop across on a twin-propeller plane, to discover Jane and Alex Howard’s 18th-century inn, bar and village hub, on a hillside overlooking the harbour. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

You can take the ferry from Oban, or hop across on a twin-propeller plane, to discover Jane and Alex Howard’s 18th-century inn, bar and village hub, on a hillside overlooking the harbour. Guide inspectors were ‘very taken’ with the ‘relaxed hotel’ and the island (population 135), host to an annual April book festival, and to the rare corncrake, kittiwake, shag, seal and porpoise. Grace and Keir Johnston are the new managers overseeing the hotel’s relaxed contemporary mood with its open fires, squashy sofas and a ‘seaside feel’. Bedrooms are simple but not plain. The largest, Ardskenish, has Designers Guild fabrics, a bath with shower over, views towards the harbour. Pigs Paradise, comprising adjoining single and double rooms, has a westerly view of hills, fabrics by Vanessa Arbuthnott. The single room, Port Lobh, has a bathroom down the corridor. Eat where you like – in bar, conservatory or restaurant – though a restaurant table ‘in a prime position by the window’ is hard to beat. There is a new chef, too. Anthony Orr’s dishes include Aberdeen Angus rib-eye steak, pepper sauce, chips; West Coast scallops, cauliflower and dill purée, vegetable risotto, house ice cream with Colonsay honey.

Hotel details

Address

Colonsay
Argyll and Bute
PA61 7YU
Scotland

Telephone

01951 200316

Bedrooms

9.

Open

mid-Mar–1 Nov, Christmas, New Year.

Facilities

conservatory, 2 lounges, log room, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi on ground floor, in-room TV (Sky), 1-acre grounds, ground-floor public rooms and toilet wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in bar sometimes.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 2 bedrooms, public rooms except restaurant.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £85–£90, double £115–£170. Pre-ferry set 
menus £17–£20 Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, à la carte £30.

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