Colonsay – a wander round the north tip. June 2014.

Date: Friday 6th June 2014
Distance: 13.3 km
Ascent: 140m

Colonsay – another of our list of islands to visit (just a list and not a tick list for all of you who have a Pavlovian reaction to the word πŸ˜‰ ).

Arrived on Thursday, a rather dreich day. The Calmac ferry from Oban on a Thursday diverts into the Gulf of Corryvreckan which is rather fun. Especially if you were camping 300m away 5days before.

Had a wander across the tidal link to Oronsay and stayed in the very nice bothy/bunkhouse accommodation of the Colonsay Estate.

Up early on the Friday – the corncrakes outside the accommodation had been calling all night, just a background noise through the thick walls.

We’d fancied the north end of the island for a wee wander. Parked above Kiloran Bay at NR 397 977. Traigh Ban was looking rather golden.

At 0600 we had the place to ourselves – carried on over the beach to the farm road skirting Carnan Eoin (the high point of the island at a lofty 143m).

Took the farm road N – the hill would wait for the return and clearer skies to our north.

The island has its own Basteir Tooth

Wandered along the farm track and then down to the beach at Rubh a Gheodha – a lovely spot. The goats moved off as we approached.

We sat around here for an hour or so – a lovely spot. Watched the ringed plovers and oystercatchers roving and calling.

Tracks with a tail in the sand – otter?….rat?

Got up and headed on for the N tip of the island. A nice view of the beach from the higher ground to the N.

Weaved over the nice terrain above the shore – a very slow pace, just enjoying the place.


Nearing the N tip I nearly stood on a gull nest.

Mull had been cloudy in the early morning – as we grabbed a seat at the N tip of the island it was clearing.

After another hour’s lounging we started down the west side of the N tip. Loooking back over to Mull.

Returned to Kiloran Bay:


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Carnan Eoin is a rather nice viewpoint – no looming drama, but the views to Islay, Jura and Mull are nice.

The Arrocher Alps stood out to the east.


From the summit we wandered back to the beach – more ringed plovers here.

It is a rather tropical looking beach – who needs a passport?

After a very leisurely 10hours to cover 13km we headed back to Scalasaig to pick up the Oban Ferry. A tasty Calmac burger was followed by a rather nice cruise back to Oban.


Looking up to the Eagach:

Loch Linnhe:

The end of another island week – certainly our favourite waste of time. πŸ™‚

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