Breachacha Castle, Coll (Image credit: © Copyright Bob Jones and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence)

Breachacha Castle, Coll

Coll, at just 13 miles long, and with a 2011 population of around 195, is one of the islands of the Inner Hebrides, situated to the West of Mull and the North East of Tiree. All these islands are reputed to have amongst the best weather in the British isles, owing to the Gulf Stream.

What’s Coll Like?

Coll is a small Hebridean island – beautiful and relaxing for visitors with its outline is of gorgeous sandy beaches and dunes.

Features of Coll

The seas around Coll are beautiful locations from which to spot basking sharks, dolphins, seals, whales and a large variety of birds and other wildlife who love the varied habitats of rock pools and sandy beaches. Great for activities such as golf (there’s a course near to Arinagour), and also for sailing, fishing, and beach days, there are also numerous plotted walks on Coll. Not only that, but the stunning island scenery makes Coll a superb base for a cycling holiday.

Coll is also home to two castles. The first, Breachacha Castle was built in the 15th century, by the side of Loch Breachacha. And, very close by is the second castle, the 18th century Breachahcha House.

But Coll’s beauty is that it doesn't need to entice the visitor with attractions – it leaves you to your own devices to enjoy the calm and the scenery. As it says on its website “Coll is back to basics and back to nature” and that suits a great many travellers to the Scottish islands.

How to get to Coll

To get to Coll, it is most likely the visitor will take the ferry from Oban on the West Coast mainland – the journey will take just short of three hours. Alternatively, it is possible to take a scheduled flight and land on Coll’s airstrip a couple of days each week, but do check with Highland Airways for where to fly from and the flight running times as these can vary.

Where to stay in Coll

The small island of Coll, being close to Mull and only a few hours from the Scottish mainland, is a wonderful location for a few days of a Scottish island tour. Why not look at our accommodation listings for inspirational properties throughout the Hebrides.