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The small island of Coll lies around fifty miles west of Oban. I was born on the island in the 1950s - delivered by the local district nurse as there is not a hospital on the island. Coll is roughly 13 miles long x 4 miles wide with many sandy beaches of various sizes - large and more secluded.
I have lived on the mainland for quite a number of years but am still a regular visitor to the island which I still call "HOME" Hopefully this site (www.collofthehebrides.com) will help to promote this wonderful island
Please feel free to contribute your thoughts or questions on my other website (www,facebook.com/thelovelyisleofcoll) The headings at the top of the page including a couple of non Coll related sections can be viewed by 'clicking the appropriate heading.
Please enjoy your visit and return as the site will be continually updated with text and photos.
Thank you - Robert Park
The island of Coll is a great base for sea fishing and with permission inland loch fishing also. When on the island it will be nearly always a case of having a wee word with the locals - and someone will probably take you out fishing in their little boat.
The lovely west coast port of Oban is the main starting point for "CalMac" ferry travel to the inner and some of the outer hebrides. In the summer season there is a daily trip from Oban to Coll & Tiree on the ferry. It is advisable if you take your car that you should book in advance as the summer season can be quite busy.
The isle of Coll has many beaches - large and small - spread over the islands coast. You will find that quite often you can be the only family on a beach over a mile long. On a busy day you may have to share the sand and dunes with a few other people. Blackpool was never like this. Two different worlds.
The isle of Coll has many good vantage points to view wonderful sunsets. Most of these points are freely available to the general public.
What a splendid setting for the "church of Scotland" placed high on the hill above the village of Arinagour. Wonderful views of the bay and village are possible from this site. The church welcomes visitors. Service times can be made known by asking a local.
The island of Coll is a close neighbour of the equally lovely isle of Tiree in the inner Hebrides around fifty miles west of the Scottish mainland.
I do hope this site will help to promote this wonderful island.
Please feel free to get involved by leaving a message in my guestbook. Your email address is not made public. Thank you so much for having a 'wee' peek at my site. Kind regards - Robert Park (Collach by birth)
The island has accommodation which includes an award winning hotel with a menue to match. There is the very popular guesthouse called "Tigh na Mara" which is the first house you pass after leaving the ferry pier. There are quite a number of self catering homes which cater for large or small numbers of people. Just past the village on the left you will find the new "Bunkhouse" which is a more cost friendly accommodation for around eighteen visitors. Caravans are also available for rental.
You can eat at the hotel or the very popular "Island cafe" in the main village which has a vast menu to suit all tastes for young and old.
There is an Island store in the village and also a post office and Gift shop with an ATM machine.