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The Isle of Coll

The Isle of Coll is a real hidden gem amongst Scotland’s Hebridean islands. Situated around 40 miles West of Oban, the island is off the beaten track and offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle on the mainland. With numerous sandy beaches and an abundance of wildlife, Coll rewards the intrepid explorer looking for an island adventure.

At around 13 miles long and 3 miles wide the Isle of Coll is a great size for getting out and about – big enough to find your own peace and quiet but small enough so that you don’t get lost! With a local population of just over 200 people, don’t be surprised if you choose a beach for the day and find that you have it all to yourself.

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Arinagour is the main settlement on Coll and you will find most of the local services here, including the ferry terminal, post office, petrol station, shops and accommodation. Both Island Stores and the The Ethical Sales Co. will be happy for you to order food and drink before coming to Coll so that it’s waiting for you upon arrival and to save carrying it across from the mainland – phone 01879 230484 and 01879 230262.

The medical centre, school, fire station and church are also located in and around Arinagour and the village is generally at its busiest just after the ferry arrives from the mainland.

Outside of the village, you’ll find the airport around 4 miles to the southwest, between Uig and Arileod. Nearby is the RSPB bird reserve and information centre at Totronald. Situated around 3 miles west of Arinagour, Ballyhaugh is the home to Project Trust, the single biggest employer on the island with over 40 years of operations.

More detailed information about the facilities and amenities on Coll is provided at Visit Coll.

Marine Wildlife

In the summer time, basking sharks are regularly spotted in the bay close to the bunkhouse whilst otters and seals can be seen all year round. Whales, dolphins and porpoise are also sighted in the waters around the island.

Bird Life

There is a wide variety of breeding species on Coll and there’s a good chance of seeing meadow pipits, twite, skylarks and stonechats amongst others. Coll is also home to approximately 10% of the UK population of corncrakes in the summer. In winter time huge flocks of barnacle geese, greylag geese and white-fronted geese inhabit the island.

On the ferry over from the mainland it’s possible to see petrels, gannets, manx shearwaters, auks and a range of other seabirds.

Flora

Coll is famous for it’s gorgeous carpets of summer flowers as a result of it’s unique grassland landscape known as machair. There is over 300 different species of wildflower on this small island.

One of the specialities is the pyramidal orchid with its distinctive pyramid-shaped flower head. The bloody cranesbill is widespread too, also characterised by it’s deep magenta blossoms, a common colour right across the machair.