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Cnoc nam Ban, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll


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Many people call Colonsay the Enchanted Island: of all the Hebridean islands it is one of the most beautiful and varied in spite of its relatively small size, combining ancient and cultivated woodland, moorland and peat bogs, cultivated farmland, meadows and rough pastures, the machair, raised beaches and tidal flats. Situated due west of Oban (a two and a half hour ferry trip) between Mull and Islay, there are also stunning views across the sound of Jura to the Paps of Jura and the Strait of Corrievreckan.

The main attraction of the island is its stunning and varied scenery: the long curving beaches of white sand on both coasts with exquisite coves for swimming from where you might spot seals or otters feeding or basking on offshore reefs. There is a wealth of bird and plant life on the island, ranging from the elusive golden eagle and peregrine falcons to the corncrake, probably Colonsay's most famous avian resident, which can be heard with its loud grasshopper type call from the cottage, acting as an unofficial alarm call! The list of indigenous plants also includes many rarities and these, as well as the famous woodland gardens surrounding Colonsay House, make the island a botanist's paradise.

In addition to this, Colonsay has a rough golf course, cropped by cattle and sheep, freshwater fishing on an inland loch, excellent sailing and kayaking, a Spring Festival, fascinating archaeological remains, a book shop/publishing house, ceilidhs, its own brewery, an excellent shop, a tea shop and a stylish hotel and restaurant, with weekly pub quizzes.

On the neighbouring island of Oransay - linked by a tidal causeway - there is the stunning ancient priory which is not to be to be missed. That same causeway, known as the Strand, is where the best oysters in the world are produced, and the famous Colonsay honey originates.

The island is also a paradise for cyclists, including children, as there is very little traffic and drivers are very careful of those on two wheels!

  • Sleeps - 6
  • Bedrooms - 3 (1 double, 2 twin - 1 accessed through the double room)
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Coal fire
  • Storage heating throughout
  • Telephone
  • CD player
  • Cot and high chair available on request
  • Use of 2 bikes
  • Short breaks
  • Pets welcome
  • 4 miles to Scalasaig
  • Colonsay airport (flights to Connel) - 2 miles
  • Oban station - ferry ride or flight away
  • Nearest pub/restaurant - The Colonsay 3.5 miles
  • Golf course - 2 miles
  • Village - 4 miles
  • Fishing
  • Harbour
  • Colonsay House - 2 miles
  • Beaches from 1 mile to 5 miles
  • Strand - 4 miles - Oransay 6 miles
  • Book shop - half a mile

The cottage faces south, from the small enclosed garden one looks west down to the sea, less than half a mile away at Port Mhor.

Entering through the porch, there is a tiny lobby, with double bedroom and twin above to your left, turning right one enters the cosy sitting room with coal fire, there is a dining table under the narrow stairs leading up to the second twin room above. On the far side there is a door through to the galley kitchen and on beyond to the bathroom. There is storage heating throughout.

The cottage is an ancient croft house and although attractively furnished and cosy it is small and simple, suiting its origins: the owners have tried to preserve this simplicity as they feel it is appropriate, there is a telephone and CD player but not television or radio.

On leaving the ferry drive straight ahead taking the main circular road round the island. Follow this for about four miles, passing the airport and golf course on your left and curving round to the right onto the west coast with the sea on your left. After about three quarters of a mile you come down to Port Mhor; leaving the bookshop on your right, you take a track to your left (there is a sign saying CNB) and follow the rough track, through a gate up to the cottage, passing a more modern house on your left.

What's included:
Heating is included in the rental price.
Bed linen and towels are provided.
Use of two bikes.

Cost and availability:
Cnoc nam Ban is rented out throughout the year. Change over day is flexible but fitting in with ferries.
Short breaks available.
10% returners' discount.

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Cnoc nam Ban, Port Mhor, Island of Colonsay PA61 Scotland

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