Isle of Colonsay
Colonsay is an island in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, located
north of Islay and south of Mull and has an area of 4,074 hectares
(15.7 sq mi). It is the ancestral home of Clan Macfie and the
Colonsay branch of Clan MacNeill. Aligned on a south-west to
north-east axis, it measures 8 miles (13 km) in length and reaches 3
miles (4.8 km) at its widest point.
The island's total population is about 110 people. Colonsay's main
settlement is Scalasaig (Gaelic: Sgalasaig) on the east coast, from
where ferries sail to Oban and, between April and October, to
Kennacraig via Port Askaig on Islay.
The island is known for Colonsay House, the eighth century Riasg
Buidhe Cross, its wild goats, and for birds including Black-legged
Kittiwakes, cormorants, guillemots, corncrakes and golden eagles.
The island is linked by a tidal causeway (named 'The Strand') to
Although Colonsay appears bare and somewhat forbidding on approach
from the sea, its landscape is exceptionally beautiful and varied,
with some of the finest sandy beaches in the Hebrides, and a
sheltered and fertile interior. Hence the growth of tourism as the
mainstay of the island's economy, with numerous holiday cottages,
many of them owned and managed by the Isle of Colonsay Estate. The
estate is owned by Donald Howard, 4th Baron Strathcona and Mount
Royal, whose eldest son and heir to the title, Alex Howard, lives on
the island with his family and oversees the running of the Estate.
The Colonsay Hotel, the only one on the island, is also estate