Colonsay is served by a Caledonian MacBrayne car ferry service from the port of Oban EVERY DAY from the end of March to the end of October.
The journey takes 2 and a quarter hours and is a beautiful one, passing between the mainland and the islands of Kererra and Mull and then sailing south west past the islands of Seil, Luing, Scarba and Jura.
Getting to Colonsay by ferry:
from March to October there is a ferry EVERY DAY from Oban to Colonsay. The ferry departs Oban at:
1630 on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
0900 on a Tuesday
1530 on a Wednesday
In addition, on a Wednesday and Saturday there is a ferry that departs from Kennacraig on the mainland( 2 hours from Glasgow) and travels via Port Askaig on ISLAY. So if you wish to travel between Colonsay and Islay/Jura this will be possible on a Wednesday and a Saturday ONLY.
For up to date ferry times and status please visit the Calmac Website at www.calmac.co.uk
You should ensure sufficient insurance coverage in case of Ferry cancellations.
Getting to Oban by car:
The journey is around 2 hours from Glasgow to Oban. It is a very scenic drive and passes alongside Loch Lomond and Loch Fyne. Cars can travel on the ferry to Colonsay.
Getting to Oban train:
There is a train from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban and return 6 times daily. See www.scotrail.co.uk which connect with the ferry service to Colonsay. The Oban train station is immediately adjacent to the ferry terminal.
Getting to Oban air:
There is also an excellent air service that operates from/to Oban (Connel airport) that makes 2 return flights every week on a Tuesday and Thursday. Details from www.hebrideanair.co.uk. Telephone: 01236 457777
There is a petrol and diesel pump on Colonsay. Also there is a 24 hour garage just outside of Oban called the Halfway Filling Station, Dunbeg Telephone: 01631 562784 for a fuel and coffee stop before your journey home.
Oban itself has many hotels and B&B's, if you need to stay overnight there. Oban Tourist Information has a good list of what is available at www.oban.org.uk or telephone 01631 563122
If you are coming by road or rail from Central Scotland, The Crainlarich Hotel is a wonderful stop off and meeting place and has Colonsay connections. Telephone 01838 300272 or see www.crianlarich-hotel.co.uk.
Also on route for many will be the village of Tyndrum with it's very useful Green Welly Stop Filling Station, cafe and shop. If you want a meal, the award winning Real Food Cafe is also on the main road - www.therealfoodcafe.com />
Places for the dog and children to have a romp before embarking on the ferry journey can be found at various Forestry Commision sites along the Tyndrum to Oban road, the best being a mile or so on from the Taynuilt heading towards Oban.