A guide to the Isle of Coll
Inner Hebrides, Scotland

Getting around the Isle of Coll

To assit you get around Coll, there are three detailed map displays, 1) outside the main pier office, 2) next to the public toilets and telephone box and 3) by the recycling centre at the Hotel's entrance. To see the best of Coll you are advised to bring an Ordnance Survey map or buy one in the village Post Office (O.S. explorer map, 372, Coll and Tiree, 1:25,000). Free maps, as so often requested, are not available, an island this small just does not have the resources.

There is no public transport on Coll so travelling around is limited.

If you don't have your own transport then you can walk or hire a bike from several places in the village (Arinagour). There is no taxi service on the island. Many of the locals will offer you a lift, even if you prefer not to!

Cycling is popular, there being no huge hills, and the experience can be very pleasant but beware that the wind can be equally taxing when it does blow. Using a bicycle means you can take a circular route around the west end of Coll making use of the sandy track that goes to Hough Bay, a track closed to vehicles.

For the more adventureous, a wonderful way to see the coast is a circular sea kayak trip. There are many little islands to explore off Coll and a wealth of wildlife to discover. CalMac ferries will bring your kayak over to Coll - and how about going back to Oban on the ferry from Tiree after a short paddle between the islands.

Bicycles and canoes now travel free on CalMac ferries.