Detached holiday cottage in Isle of Colonsay

Property reference 692105
7 nights:
£820 - £2,806
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In a stunning location at the southern end of the island, Garvard is at the end of a half-mile-long rough track. It has commanding views over the tidal Strand towards Oransay. More details...


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Located in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Colonsay is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt islands in the world. Colonsay boasts the highest sunshine hours and the best beaches of anywhere in Scotland, and indeed, the United Kingdom.

Escape the crowds and discover sandy beaches, coastal walks and wildlife including seals, dolphins and otters on one of Scotland's smallest islands. Walking or cycling, golf or fishing, surfing or sailing, the Isle of Colonsay offers the ideal holiday destination for families, couples or adventurous singles. Book one of our self catering holiday cottages on our peaceful and unspoilt Scottish island today. Dogs are welcome by prior arrangement in our Colonsay holiday cottages.

"What can one say about Colonsay? As near perfection as one can get on earth - Balnahard Bay, Oronsay, Ardskenish and of course, Kiloran Bay beach; all magical. The birds, and especially the wildflowers, are wonderful. We must stay longer next time!"

Guest in Uragaig cottage, June 2010

About the island:

The island offers a stunning variety of landscapes and views. In a day's walk, you can see white sandy beaches, trout filled lochs and dramatic cliffs, home to thousands of nesting guillemots, terns and seagulls.

At low tide there is a glistening mile-long stretch of sand that joins Colonsay to the Isle of Oransay. The 14th century Oransay priory with its great carved stone cross and cloister are among some of the most beautiful of Scotland's ancient ecclesiastical buildings.

There are colonies of grey seals, otters playing at sea, and sometimes dolphins and whales passing by. The north of the island has wild goats. Colonsay is a birdwatcher's paradise with rare birds such as choughs, corncrakes and golden eagles to look out for.

For those interested in history and for the adventurous, there are mysterious standing stones, ancient hilltop forts and ruined chapels to discover dotted around the island.

Things to do:

For anyone content to build their holiday around the natural amenities of this beautiful island, there is plenty to do.

You can choose from a dozen sandy beaches for picnicking, swimming and shell collecting. The most spectacular beach for surfing is Kiloran Bay.

The gardens at Colonsay House are famous for their huge collection of rhododendrons as well as sun tropical shrubs and trees sourced from the southern hemisphere.

Colonsay is perfect for cycling, even for quite small children, with it's gentle hills and quiet single track road.

There are weekly ceilidhs in the summer, where there is traditional music and Scottish reeling.

The 18 hole golf course is a challenging one and has local rules to allow for rabbit holes and thieving crows.

Our beautiful lochs have plenty of native brown trout for fly fishermen. We hire out boats and life jackets for use on a couple of the lochs.

Flora & Fauna:

The mild climate and high sunshine hours, amongst the longest in Great Britain, makes Colonsay something of a naturalist's paradise.

The wild flowers
For botanists, there are 500 species of local flora recorded, including some rarities such as sea samphire, marsh hellorborrine and most rare of all anOrchid, Spiranthes romanzoffiana. There are bluebells in spring, and wild garlic, primroses and yellow irises; brilliant blue scillas in thecoastal rocks and harbells in the sand dunes; and, of course, everywhere in the summer the subtle variety of heather colours.

The birds
From choughs to golden eagles, the birdwatcher has over 150 birds to look out for. The very rare corncrake breeds on Colonsay and it's cicada like rasp is familiar sound in the fields from May onwards. The guillemots breed in their thousands on the cliffs at Pigs Paradise and it is possibele to see fulmar colonies, red-throated divers and the amazing acrobatics of gannets at sea.

The animals
There are colonies of grey seals and they can be spotted all around the coast of the island. Otters are found along the eastern coast of the island and occasionally dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks can be seen further out to sea.


  • Property types

  • Theme

    3 star
    Child friendly
    Toddler friendly
  • General

    Central heating
    No smoking
    Pets allowed
    Sea view
    Enclosed garden
    Child friendly
    Dogs allowed
    Mobile phone signal
    Off road parking
    Scenic view
    Allows 2 dogs
  • Kitchen

    Tumble dryer
    High chair
    Electric hob
    Washing machine
  • Living room

    Log fire
  • Bathrooms

    Double sink
    Downstairs toilet
    Towels provided
    Downstairs bathroom
    Towel radiator
  • Bedrooms

    Bunk beds
    Downstairs bedroom
    Linen provided
    Twin beds
    Feather duvet
    Queen size bed
  • Local facilties

    Beach nearby
    Golf course nearby
    Restaurant nearby
    Airport nearby
    Fishing nearby
    Pub nearby
    Coast nearby
    Lake nearby
  • Leisure activities

    Board games
    Washing line
    Garden furniture
    Private garden

In a stunning location at the southern end of the island, Garvard is at the end of a half-mile-long rough track.

The house is south facing, with commanding views over the sea (the tidal Strand) towards Oransay.

The house has a large garden with a low drystone wall.

On the ground floor there is a large kitchen/dining room, a sitting room with an open fire, two twin bedrooms (one with bunks) and a bathroom with a shower.

Upstairs there is one double bedroom, two twin bedrooms and a bathroom with spectacular views over the strand.

The house has a dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer.

All bed linen and towels are included in the rental price. Electricity and coal are paid for separately. There is a laundrette at Colonsay House available free to our guests.

We welcome dogs in our properties, for which there is a small charge, and we allow a maximum of two well behaved dogs per property.

We do not provide TVs because there is no terrestrial TV signal on the island. We have found however that, on the whole, our guests are delighted to turn to games and reading on a rainy day. Every house has a selection of games and books.

There is free WiFi access for all our guests at The Colonsay hotel. There is also a tennis court available free to our guests every morning at Colonsay House.

Guest reviews:

"We've had a lovely week at Garvard and what a view! As usual, one week is not enough but we'll be back." August 2009

"This week at Garvard has been brilliant with Colonsay basking in roasting hot weather. Much body boarding at Kiloran and swimming at different beaches." July 2009

"Garvard is truly amazing and is in the most fantastic location. Beautiful views and perfect for walks to Oronsay and any number of beaches." August 2008

"Must win ‘the house with the bathroom with the best view in the world’ competition!" June 2009

General facilities:

  • sea views
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • dishwasher
  • washing machine
  • clothes dryer
  • microwave
  • linen and towels included
  • dogs allowed
  • open fire



The Colonsay General Store
The general Store sells local produce including salad leaves, Colonsay honey, as well as free range eggs. Off licence sales are also available. A good selection of wines is supplied by leading London wine merchants, Bibendum. You can pre-order your supplies by phone (01951 200265) or via the website and have them waiting in your cottage for your arrival!

The Pantry
Sells freshly baked bread, cakes and biscuits. Also serves light lunches and suppers.

The Bookshop
Located at Port Mhor, the bookshop specialises in Scottish publications but also has a supply of good holiday reading and children’s books with a distinctly Highland flavour. The Bookshop is open most days 2 until 5pm. Tel 01951 200232.

The Old Waiting Room Gallery
Located at the harbour, the gallery holds regular art exhibitions of both local and visiting artists throughout the year. Details of opening hours available from the Estate Office. Tel 01951 200211

The Colonsay Brewery
Brews Colonsay's very own beer. Supplied on tap in The Colonsay hotel or in bottles from the brewery itself.

Colonsay Oysters and Honey
Arguably the best oysters in the UK, Andrew's oysters are an essential part of the Colonsay experience. His award-winning honey is also superb. On the menu at The Colonsay hotel and for sale in the shop and pantry. Tel 01951 200365


We have a doctor and a district nurse on the island. The surgery hours are listed at the back of the folder. The doctor is on call 24 hours seven days a week. In the event of a medical emergency, an air ambulance will lift the patient to the appropriate hospital in Glasgow - the service is incredibly quick and efficient. Tel 01951 200328

Air service
There is a flight on Tuesdays and Thursdays, morning and afternoon to and from Oban. There is also a flight from Colonsay to Islay on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to connect with the Flybe 0940 flight to Glasgow. Currently, Hebridean Air are trialling a weekend flight to Colonsay on Friday and Sunday afternoons.

Internet access
There is free wifi access available at The Colonsay hotel.

Church Services
There are two churches on the island, the Parish church at Scalasaig and the Baptist church next to the school. Both extend a warm welcome to visitors to join in their services. The services are conducted by a visiting minister and are held most Sundays.


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