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5* hostel accommodation on the Hebridean Isle of Coll.

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See and Do on Coll

From wildlife to watersports and cycling to stargazing, there is plenty to do on Coll.

Island Tours are available on a Tuesday at 10am and a Friday at 10.30am with a local guide. Tours last two hours and visit the scenic beauty spots on Coll in a 4 x 4 Mitsubishi People Carrier and cost £15. Booking is advisable by phoning 01879 230520.

Kayak Hire is available locally in the village from Carol Flett. Four single kayaks and two double sit-on kayaks are available to hire by the hour, half-day or full day from just £10. To book, contact Carol on 01879 230436. Further information is available here: Kayak Information.

Sharks and Wildlife Boat Trips take place on a Thursday with Basking Shark Scotland and last two and a half hours. Full information is available on their website.

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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.

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.

Coll has some of the darkest skies in Europe, making it a fantastic place for stargazing. The Coll Dark Skies Group applied to the International Dark-Sky Association and was officially recognised as an official Dark Sky Community in December 2013.
Coll Bunkhouse fully supports the work of the International Dark-Sky Association in protecting the night skies for present and future generations. Throughout the Autumn and Winter we organise stargazing weekends (Coll & The Cosmos) when you can come to Coll and learn all about the night sky and what it is that makes Coll so special!