The island of Colonsay, one of the most remote and most beautiful in the Southern Hebrides, is a 2 hours, 20 minutes sail from Oban, on the west coast of Scotland. South of Mull and west of Jura and Islay, the island is about 8 miles long and 2 wide. Famous for its golden beaches, such as Kiloran and Balnahard, it is home to a wealth of bird, animal and plant life, and has a fascinating history and archaeology. Whatever your interest – walking, swimming, fishing, golf (on the ancient machair links of Machrins), painting or photography – you will be able to enjoy it here.
Because of the ferry timetable, coming to the festival will involve staying on the island for at least 2 nights. You would arrive on the Friday evening, and leave, at the earliest, on the Sunday evening, so it is essential to have booked your accommodation in advance. See the Colonsay website for the choices available. You may decide to stay on for the wonderful Festival of Spring, now in its fifth year. You may also wish to book accommodation in Oban for your return, as there is no onward public transport to connect with the ferry.
It is also possible to reach Colonsay via Islay on Saturday 29th April, leaving from Kennacraig, Kintyre, at around 9.45 and reaching Colonsay at 13.25 – just in time for the first session of the festival! (NB. The summer timetable may be subject to change; check before booking.)
Where to stay:
Colonsay.org.uk has full details about accommodation on the island.