SPECIAL NOTICE: There is a new, additional winter service on Saturdays so we are offering 5 day breaks in our 3 star and 4 star properties.
Call 01951 200320
Here is an interesting "new" archaeological site at Loch Fada
Important forthcoming events include:
COLONSAY FESTIVAL OF SPRING 2015 - this is an amazing affair, with walks, talks, instruction and general celebration of the wonders of nature and the rich historic and architectural heritage of the island. See details.
CEOL CHOLASA 2015 - this is held in September, a very successful and hugely popular festival of traditional music. See details here but if the link does not work just Google Ceol Cholasa
NATURALISTS: a ten-year project of conservation and enhancement at Colonsay Glebe is now entering Year Four and all friends and visitors are invited to assist in cataloguing all types of wild-life within its confines. Everything from common flowers to rare water-beetles, fungi, trees, mosses, lichens, butterflies, birds - the aim is to produce a very comprehensive species list for this small but varied area. For more information contact Kevin Byrne firstname.lastname@example.org
Colonsay Kindred is a bi-monthly newsletter devoted to Colonsay Family History; it is hosted on this site, with a link from the Home Page. There is also a link to Colonsay History, a bi-monthly newsletter of more generic interest.
CalMac Ferries provide a useful facility - when making a reservation, be careful to give your mobile phone number; if you do, you will be advised by text message if any disruption is anticipated.
Colonsay has BT Broadband... but it is not especially fast. Elsewhere people would normally have speeds from 5gb upwards, but in Colonsay it may be rather less than 0.5gb. There is talk of an improved service in the next year or two, and in the meantime you can get a "public" signal at the Pantry and at the Hotel. Broadband is, of course, provided fee of charge in all three of our own properties.
Maghnus Byrne from Colonsay has an exciting business in Hong Kong - "Island Junks". Magnificent traditional craft with all modern equipment and full safety certification - available for charter by the hour or by the day, tailored to meet your needs. History, geology, wildlife, architecture and educational parties can be catered to, as well as corporate hospitality, picnics and expeditions to remote anchorages.
In March 2011, a fish-farm was proposed by Marine Harvest which has the potential to create six full-time jobs; progress has been slow but perhaps work will start in 2015. A single wind-generator was built in Colonsay (at Balnahard) in 2014 and it is hoped that one or two more are under consideration, but there are no plans for any significant development locally. Colonsay is, however, a participant in a joint Islay/Jura/Colonsay proposal, although for technical reasons the infrastructure will be elsewhere.