Visitors from across the globe are drawn back by the welcome received on Coll. Visitors are invited, and encouraged, to join in with community events. One of the fishing competitions even requires the boats to carry a visitor as part of the crew!
We enjoy the same climate (some may say better) as our neighbour, Tiree. Tiree is commonly known as the ‘sunshine isle’ because it has official weather readings demonstrating that Coll and Tiree enjoy amongst the highest hours of sunshine per annum. In the winter, we benefit from the more moderate temperatures brought to us by the Gulf Stream, meaning Coll is often warmer than the mainland, and an ideal winter break.
BEACHES & WATERSPORTS
Coll has over 30 stunning beaches which are generally afforded privacy from nearby properties. Even during the busy season, you and your friends or family may find you have one to yourself. Each beach is different, with some being used for beach rugby/football, others for swimming or surfing and, of course, sandcastles and flying kites. Whether you want to relax and watch the seals and otters, or be a bit more adventurous, Coll has the perfect beach for your adventure. Bring your own surfboard, kayak, sand yacht or kite, and enjoy.
It doesn’t matter if you are an expert or an amateur in the fields of ornithology, botany or marine science, Coll regularly gets visitors excited with its vast range of (often rare) wildlife, flora and fauna. The UK’s leading expert tells us that Coll is the best place in the UK to see the rare and elusive corncrake. Early April is the time to be amazed by the skydance of the hen harrier, and July is when the machair comes in to full bloom and delivers a carpet of wildflowers across large fields. The Basking shark is a reliable annual visitor to our shores, to the extent that Coll is used as a base for ground-breaking research. The RSPB have a large reserve on Coll with a small information centre open 24/7, and a couple of corncrake viewing spots.
Coll is the only Scottish island to have been awarded International Dark Sky Community status by the International Dark-Sky Association. One of only 22 worldwide locations to hold this status. This designation, granted in 2013, is in recognition of a lot of hard work by a small group of locals, developing an outdoor lighting management plan and demonstrating that the sky on Coll is dark whether you are in the village or further afield. On a clear night, and we have many of them, you can take in the Milky Way in all its splendour, while enjoying a drink in the grounds of the Coll Hotel. If you wake up in the middle of the night, take a peak out the window, you might even be unable to resist putting your shoes on and heading out!