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Colonsay is one of the islands in the Southern Hebrides, located south of Mull and west of Jura. The population is about 100.

Island Life

Island Life

You have a choice of two ways to get there and back by public transport. Calmac offers a ferry service which is daily in the summer. The alternative is to fly with Hebridean Air from Oban.



I chose to mix and match for my trip to the island - I flew there and took the ferry back.

Hebridean Air operates from Oban Airport and flies to Colonsay on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It uses an 8 seat Islander.


Oban Airport is tiny. The usual formalities are ignored. My bag was weighed (10kg maximum) and the pilot gave as a safety briefing. That was it. No check in. No identification. No baggage tags. No boarding pass. No security checks.

The flight had one other paying passenger - the chef at the Colonsay Hotel - plus 2 fire crew from Colonsay who’d been on the mainland for training.

Tight Squeeze

Tight Squeeze

The flight bounces along at a pretty low level - it isn’t for the faint hearted. The views must be great on a good weather day. They weren’t the day of my flight. They almost cancelled the flight because of rain and low cloud - no fancy all weather systems here!

Low Level

Low Level

The service stops at Islay (35 minutes flying time) on the way, and then it’s another 15 minutes to Colonsay.

It cost me £35 one way (not business class, obviously) for a fabulous experience!

Highly recommended.

Posted by IainT 07:05 Archived in Scotland Tagged planes scotland ferries calmac islandlife colonsay

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