Isle of Colonsay – Outdoor Activities and Sports

Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities

Colonsay’s outstanding weather and beautiful natural environment are major factors in attracting visitors to the island – for picnics, walking, surfing, beachcombing, and cycling along quiet single-track roads…

And yes, quiet and gently rolling roads make Colonsay a perfect place for a family cycling holiday. But this really is also a perfect location for walkers. Whether traversing over moors or through woodland or over beaches, Colonsay has lots to offer the active visitor.

The Colonsay Estate website outlines five particular walks – Balnahard (which begins at Kiloran Bay and passes the Julian Meredith whale sculpture), Oransay Priory (beginning at The Strand at low tide), Cable Bay (starting again at The Strand but taking the Balerominmhor track), the Ardskenish walk (beginning at the airstrip and continuing till you reach the beaches), and Pigs Paradise (starting at Kiloran Bay and walking towards the cliffs). But many visitors may prefer simply to wander where the mood takes them. And on an island of this small size (8-10 miles long and only a couple of miles wide) you will never get badly lost!).

The golf course on Colonsay is natural 18-hole course next to Machrins Bay, not far from the air strip on the West coast of the island. Reputedly the course is over 200-years-old, and only members may play on it, but anyone may be granted membership at a cost of only £20 per year. The golf course itself often proves a challenge to those unaccustomed to its quirks – for example, there are local rules in place which take into account the many rabbit holes and the preponderance of crows! A half-sized 9-hole circuit (incorporating holes 1-5 and 15-18) may be more suitable for some visitors.

Surfers may be interested to know that Kiloran Bay’s mile-long crescent of sandy beach will provide surf from the Atlantic rollers after a Westerly wind.

If you’re interested in playing tennis while away from home, Colonsay House is pleased to offer tennis facilities free of charge to guests, and visitors are even able to borrow racquets and balls.

Accommodation on Colonsay

We are happy to offer accommodation all over Colonsay, all of which would be suitable for the active holiday maker. Do take a look below for inspiration and ideas.