The Isle of Coll is a small Hebridean island, very much off the beaten track with many beaches to explore.
Sitting some six miles west of Mull far out in the Atlantic, the Hebridean island of Coll is the place to get away from it all. Walk on the sandy beaches, discover a wealth of wildlife and marvel at the night sky.
A warm welcome
The white-washed cottages of Arinagour of Coll greet you as you arrive. This lovely village, home to all the island’s amenities, is a great base from which to explore the island. You’ll soon feel at home on Coll. Many visitors comment on the friendliness of the islanders and the warmth of the welcome. Pop into the Coll Hotel to experience west coast hospitality at its best.
Coll’s beaches, meadows and moors provide a home for a wealth of flora and fauna. Bird watchers are in for a real treat. Much of western Coll in an RSPB reserve, and a vast variety of birds can be spotted including corncrake and hen harrier.
Night and day
Coll is blessed with some of the longest sunshine hours recorded in the UK. The winter days are followed by dark starry nights that will take your breath away. With no street lights and its geographic isolation, Coll is one of the best places in the UK for star gazing. In fact, Coll is the first official Dark Sky island in Scotland, and one of only two in the UK.
Coll is fringed by over 30 stunning sandy beaches lapped by turquoise seas. One thing’s for sure, they’re never crowded! Go for a stroll, surf, kayak, windsurf and more, or just relax and take in the peace and tranquillity.
Events and festivals
Go on a guided walk, dance at a ceilidh or learn to star gaze – Coll hosts events throughout the year that are open to all. Celebrate Coll’s rich history and heritage, meet the locals and have a great time!
A taste of Coll
Coll is open all year round for great food and drink. With lamb reared on the island and a small fishing fleet landing fresh fish and seafood, you can feast on delicious local produce.
Enjoy the journey
Whether you sail or fly to Coll, it’s a stunning journey. If you travel by ferry, keep your eyes peeled for a host of wildlife, including dolphins, whales and basking sharks. And if you’d like a guided tour of the island, there are lots of options. Take a boat trip, go on a guided kayak adventure or join a land-based tour. The RSPB also offers guided walks for a short period during June.