The Backpackers Lodge on the Isle of Colonsay is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for a quiet but active vacation off the beaten track on the charming Scottish island. The Lodge is located in a secluded and peaceful area with no nearby buildings and striking views over Loch Fada and the surrounding countryside. This accommodation consists of an old Victorian gamekeeper’s house and two rustic bothies and is ideal for couples or groups sharing. Step straight off the doorstep and into the countryside where long walks, cycling and other activities including water sports and wildlife boat tours are available.
This accommodation sleeps up to sixteen people over three charming buildings. The first building – the Victorian gamekeepers house – consists of three twin rooms upstairs with superb views of the surrounding countryside and another comfortable twin room on the ground floor. Across from the bedroom is a toilet with wash basin. There is also a spacious sitting room with an open log fire and a well equipped kitchen. The house is suitable for families or groups of three as the twin rooms can be made into triples on request. The Sleeping Brothy is a rustic building with white washed stone walls just behind the main house. It consists of three separate cabins which sleep two people each in a bunk bed. There is external access to a shower and toilet block with two showers and toilets. The Dining Brothy is another rustic building accommodating all of your self-catering needs. In the building there are two cookers, two fridges, a microwave and sinks. There is a solid fuel Rayburn and a large dining table at one end of the building and a comfortable sitting and games area at the other.
All bed linen is provided and we can provide transport for luggage from the pier for a small fee. There is a laundrette with free use of washers and dryers 1km away at Colonsay House. The pier, pub and shops are 2km away from the accommodation.
The Isle of Colonsay is a fantastic getaway offering exciting outdoor activities from wildlife boat trips and surfing to walking, cycling and golfing. We offer bikes, golf clubs and tennis racquets for hire through the Estate Cottages Office at the Colonsay Hotel. Small rowing boats are also available for hire for fly fishing on the Lochs. The tennis courts at the hotel are free to use but must be booked in advance.
The Caledonian MacBrayne car ferry service runs from the port of Oban to Colonsay six times a week during the summer months and three times a day in the winter. The journey takes two and a quarter hours. In the summer there are extra travel options on Wednesdays and Saturdays on ferries from Kennacraig, travelling via port Islay. A train service from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban returns three times a day and an air service to Oban makes two return flights a week on a Tuesday and Thursday.