The Colonsay has apparently had a makeover. It is great and I thought the accommodation good quality (had the same room as the disatisfied person below). This is an island 15m from the mainland so a few omissions that you'd expect in a high end metropolitan hotel are more than made up for by character and friendliness. The bed was very comfortable and the facilities absolutely fine. If you need a TV that much perhaps Colonsay is not for you.
The hotel has the feel of a New England shaker style - sort of minimalist (such a refreshing change from tartan carpets and tartan music) but informal and mildly untidy around the edges. This is very relaxing. The bar is used by everyone and has a quiz on Thurs eve in summer (Wed in winter to accommodate the ferry timetable). Bar lunches are good and the local brew is good (though all the locals drink Fosters). Dinner is also excellent though they run out of popular items as the evening goes on so eat early for max choice. I was particularly impressed by the wine list. Short but comprehensive - whites other than sauvignon blanc and chardonnay (such a failing in so many otherwise good restaurants) included an excellent new world riesling and also viognier and reds similarly well chosen.
The management will give you a lift around the island though it is small enough to walk end to end in a day - or hitch a lift. Go to see Oronsay Priory (a much more worthwhile experience than Iona if you are interested in history rather than religion) - the hotel puts the tide times on their noticeboard so you know when you can go (it is a mile across a strand only uncovered at low water). Walk to Colonsay House and gardens and Killoran Bay. Fantastic golden beach with hardly anyone there and sunny when we visited.
We loved it. You should visit. You can leave your car and your cares behind.
PS the ferry timetable is complicated so read it carefully...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Delightful small hotel on idyllic island with deep sofas, log fires, lively bar with Colonsay brewed ales and relaxed restaurant using locally sourced produce with emphasis on seafood. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Colonsay Hotel Isle Of Colonsay
- Colonsay Isle Of
- Colonsay Hotel Isle Of
- The Colonsay Isle Of Colonsay, Scotland