The Colonsay

Colonsay, Argyll and Bute

It's a scenic crossing from Oban to this island of white-sand beaches, where the one hotel stands on a hillside overlooking the harbour with views to neighbouring Jura. More

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It’s a scenic crossing from Oban to this island of white-sand beaches, where the one hotel stands on a hillside overlooking the harbour, with views to neighbouring Jura. Built in 1750, it is at the heart of social life for the 135 islanders, and welcomes visitors drawn by the beauty, the peace and abundant wildlife. ‘I cannot recommend it highly enough,’ writes a trusted reader, charmed by the ‘friendly, welcoming’ staff. ‘The young man in the bar worked his socks off to please everyone.’ There are plenty of spaces to relax in the stylish bar and lounges, with log-burner and comfy sofas. The bedrooms have plain paintwork, artwork, designer fabrics, oak furniture. Pig’s Paradise, a double with adjoining single, is named after dramatic cliffs where guillemots nest in their thousands (paradise for birdwatchers, less so for Gadarene swine). Gastropub-style food is served in the bar, old dining room or more formal restaurant, from a seasonally changing menu big on locally landed seafood – fish pie, lobster, rib-eye steak, burger. ‘Breakfast and dinner were delicious. We will definitely be back.’ (Caroline Hands)

Hotel details

Address

Isle of Colonsay
Argyll and Bute
PA61 7YU
Scotland

Telephone

01951 200316

Bedrooms

9.

Open

mid-Mar–Nov, Christmas, New Year.

Facilities

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

Background music

in bar sometimes.

Children

all ages welcomed, under-12s sharing Pig's Paradise stay free, children's menu.

Dogs

allowed in 2 bedrooms (£10 per night), public rooms except restaurant.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £115, singles from £85, family from £130. Pre-ferry set menus £22–£35 Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, à la carte £30.

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Comments about The Colonsay

I cannot recommend the Colonsay too highly . It was superb and is proof positive that a hotel can still give good service, have a good atmosphere and be a pleasure to stay at, despite the restrictions currently hampering the hotel trade. The young man in the bar worked his socks off to please everyone. All the staff were friendly and welcoming . The bar is used by locals as it is the main place to go on the island so it has a lovely atmosphere. There are open fires, comfy sofas and plenty of space to sit and drink in the bar, before or after dinner,. Breakfast and dinner were delicious and lobster was available. - Caroline Hands - August 2020

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Last updated: September 12, 2020