The tiny island bookshop used to be at Port Mor, but is now beside Colonsay Brewery at Scalasaig. It carries a large selection of books and specialises in titles with a Scottish and Hebridean flavour. We also have an antiquarian section for rarer or out-of-print publications. This is more than just a bookshop, because it also sells selling craft items, woollen items, cards and small gifts. The Bookshop is open in summer, Monday - Saturday 3 p.m. until 5.00 p.m. It can be accessed at other times by contacting Kevin and Christa Byrne at Homefield, or by ringing 01951 200320. We can order any title that is in print, and we offer a 10% discount provided that you can collect such orders from our shop. We have "most favoured nation" status with Colonsay's own publishing company, House Of Lochar, and can offer some of its titles at a special price.
Colonsay Bookshop can normally supply any of the following books about Colonsay if it is still in print - some prices are given as a guide only.
For more information on any title or for a price inclusive of carriage overseas please Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Write to: Colonsay Bookshop, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll, PA61 7YP
Telephone: 01951 200232 or 01951 200320
|"Colonsay and Oronsay Etc." LATEST EDITION 1:25000 Map (4cm to 1km) Ordnance Survey Explorer Series||£7.99|
|"Elements of an Island" by Brian Hindmarch
A collection of outstanding colour photographs. An excellent souvenir.
|"Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (1994) Argyll, Volume 5, Islay, Jura and Colonsay"||Second-hand only - more than £100|
|"Exploring Colonsay - # 11 in The West Highland Series"
A new addition to our own popular series for walkers and motorists
|"The Birds of Colonsay and Oronsay"
David Jardine. Absolutely full of local tips and information
|"The Flowering Plants of Colonsay and Oronsay"
P.M.Clarke & J. Clarke 1991
|"Colonsay and Oronsay in the Isles of Argyll"
John de Vere Loder (new edition 1995, replaces rare 1935 edition)
|Neither edition currently available|
|"Colonsay - One of the Hebrides"
Murdoch McNeill 2001 (limited facsimile of the rare 1909 edition)
|"Summer in the Hebrides"
Frances Murray (1994 limited facsimile of the rare 1887 edition)
|"The Book of Colonsay and Oronsay" 2 vols.
Symington Grieve 1923
|Scarce, at around £400|
|"Scotch Law" Statesmen No. 154
Lord Colonsay, portrait by "Spy" Vanity Fair Sept. 13 1873
|"The Crofter and the Laird"
John McPhee (new European edition, published by House of Lochar)
|"Colkitto! - A Celebration of Clan Donald of Colonsay (1570-1647)"
Kevin Byrne (includes the names of 254 Colonsay residents of 1624, culled from Vatican records by Catholdus Giblin and now arranged by family etc.)
|Scarce, about £20.00|
|"Moch is Anmoch"
A collection of poems including those of the late Donald "Garvard" MacNeill, with notes and translations by Alastair Scouller and illustrated by Andrew McMorrine. This is the first and limited edition.
£6.99 Very few left
|"Colonsay's Fallen" by Alan Davis. Limited edition.
This is an outstanding tribute which gives biographical information about all those who are commemorated on the Colonsay War Memorials
£10.00 softbound. Few left now - will become a treasured heirloom
|"Highland Warrior - Alasdair MacColla and the Civil Wars"
by David Stevenson. The life of the island's greatest hero; contains a long section on Colonsay in the sixteenth century.
|"JURA - Island of Deer"
Peter Youngson pb edition
|"Jura - Language and Landscape" by Gary McKay
Outstanding collection of stories and stunning photographs to celebrate our amazing neighbour (remaindered price)
|"Lonely Colonsay - Island at the Edge" by Kevin Byrne; first published 2010, 290pp, maps and illustrations. Includes detailed historical and archaeological information plus social and natural history, arranged by area i.e. Kiloran, Balnahard, Oransay etc.||£17.50|
Sally Grindly (childrens book based on the true story about a whale that beached on the nearby island of Coll)
|A selection of beautifully illustrated Katie Morag stories about life on an imaginery Hebridean island
|"The Book of Islay" - magnificent facsimile edition of this very rare work, last few copies||£25.00|