The island’s main shop is The Colonsay General Store. It stocks much local produce including salad, eggs and honey. It is also home to a well-stocked off licence, and supplies of all kinds can be pre-ordered online then delivered to your holiday accommodation awaiting your arrival. Take a look at their website at:
The Bookshop, at Port Mhor, offers mainly Scottish publications for sale but does also have a stock of holiday reading and children’s books. The Pantry is a local bakery around 200 yards away from the pier. You can sit in their outdoors dining area and enjoy the views of the pier and the Jura Hills with a light meal. Licensed for alcohol sales both on and off the premises, The Pantry has also recently provided a Wednesday night fresh fish night – fish, straight off the ferry and onto your plate, covered with their special beer batter. There’s also free wi-fi at the Pantry, along with other locations throughout the island, including the Colonsay Hotel. The Old Waiting Room Gallery holds regular exhibitions and the Colonsay Brewery provides beer to the Colonsay Hotel and to the public. Oysters from Andrew’s Oysters are available for sale in The Pantry and The Colonsay General Store, and regularly appear on the hotel’s menu.
Hebridean Air runs flights to and from Oban twice a week and to Islay twice a week, with additional flight schedules currently being trialled. A doctor and district nurse are available on the island, and an air ambulance can be available to transport medical emergencies to Glasgow hospitals extremely quickly.
The two island churches (Baptist and Church of Scotland) hold services on alternate Sundays – worshippers of all denominations attend both.
Where to stay on Colonsay
We are pleased to offer fantastic accommodation on Colonsay, whatever the reason for your visit. See below for some inspirational ideas.