An extended visit to Colonsay will always be a pleasure, at any time of year, but will be savoured to its full outside of the main holiday season. The island will be even more relaxed than usual and, naturally, accommodation cost will be much cheaper, but there are many additional advantages. The flora and fauna change throughout the year, and - for example - one might enjoy watching the young seals in autumn, or the arrival of the over-wintering flocks of geese. There can be exciting storms, or days of crisp and precious calm, dark but clear nights for star-gazing and the display of Northern Lights. Walking is at its very best in winter and early spring, because the bracken will have died away and one can get a clear view of all the historic and archaeological remains.

There can be many reasons for a longer stay - writing a book, cramming for examinations, working on a portfolio or simple "rest and recuperation" - but it can be especially enjoyable for Family History researchers. Pulitzer-prize winner John McPhee wrote The Crofter and the Laird on foot of just such a visit to Colonsay in 1969, which was originally published as a series of articles in The New Yorker. It might be over-ambitious to attempt to emulate such an achievement, but anybody who reads it will find it to be inspirational. (Currently in print, available from Colonsay Bookshop).

Because rentals are much lower in the low season, you will have a wide range of options and can afford to choose your accommodation with care. Naturally enough, we think you might be tempted by one or other of our own properties - both Longfield House and Cill a' Rubha cottage have been awarded 4 Star rating by VisitScotland, so you can be sure of high standards. Because you will not wish to lose touch with the "real" world, both these properties are provided with landline telephone, satellite TV and WiFi Broadband. All bedlinen and towels are provided without additional charge, and electricity is digitally metered at cost price so that you can use as much or as little as you wish.


We believe these splendid properties deserve to be enjoyed all year round, so we now offer them at extraordinarily attractive rates in winter, from 5 nights to one month. Have a look on www.colonsay.eu


The winter or Sabbatical rate is is a very special offer, bearing in mind the fact that these properties are furnished and equipped to a high standard. For winter bookings of more than one week, a £500 security deposit is required one month in advance, together with the agreed rental. This deposit is waived in the case of our regular and established guests, and will normally be refunded in full on the day of departure.