Isles of Coll and Tiree Holiday

A BEACH ON THE ISLE OF COLL, INNER HEBRIDES. PIC: VisitScotland/ Paul Tomkins
LOBSTER CREELS ON THE ISLE OF TIREE, INNER HEBRIDES. PIC: VisitScotland/ Paul Tomkins

There is rich machair to wander through, wild flowers, a bird reserve, 9 hole golf course and wonderful white sandy beaches, including the two miles of sand at Gott Bay in Tiree.

We suggest 3 nights in each island for a self drive holiday of 6 nights / 7 days, but it’s possible to stay longer or shorter in either island, with regular ferry connections.

There are daily departures from Oban to Coll & Tiree, leaving at between 05.45 & 08.45, except on Tuesday when the ferry leaves Oban at 14.45. You can visit Coll or Tiree first, usually determined by your start date and availability of accommodation.

Visit Coll first. Sail from Oban on Monday at (08.00) or Thursday (08.15) and arrive in Coll at 10.55 (same arrival time for both days), for 3 nights in Coll.

You then sail from Coll on Thursday (11.05) or Sunday (11.45), arriving in Gott Bay in Tiree at 12.00 or 12.45. Enjoy 3 nights in Tiree.

You leave Tiree on Sunday (at 13.00) or Wednesday (09.20), sail via Coll, and arrive back in Oban at 17.00 or 13.00.

Visit Tiree first. Depart Oban on Monday (at 08.00), Tuesday (14.45), Thursday (08.15) or Sunday (08.45) and sail via Coll to Tiree for your 3 nights (ferry takes 33⁄4 – 4 hours).

Your 1 hour ferry to Coll leaves Tiree on Thursday (18.15), Friday (09.20), Sunday (13.00) or Wednesday (09.20) respectively. Enjoy 3 nights in Coll.

You then leave Coll on Sunday (at 14.05), Monday (13.35), Wednesday (10.20) or Saturday (12.20) for the ferry to Oban (23⁄4 – 3 hours).

These small, remote, pretty isles are excellent for walking, peace and wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, otters and that most elusive of birds, the corncrake – you’ll probably hear it but will you see it?</font>

Douglas Hart Managing Director


Coll Hotel, Arinagour, Island of Coll

Rating: 3 out of 3.

3 Stars Hotel

A relaxed, friendly, family run hotel with 10 bedrooms on the ground and first floor, with one fully accessible room.  Front rooms have views across the bay to Mull and the Treshnish Isles, other rooms are rear facing.  The Coll Hotel has built up a reputation for delicious food sourced locally from the island and Argyll.  Freshly caught lobster, crab and langoustine are creel caught off Coll by local fishing boats and delivered straight to their kitchen door. The hotel also has a garden and the only pub on the island.

Rockvale Guest House, Island of Tiree

With a warm welcome and fantastic breakfasts, Rockvale is a comfortable, local run Guest House in the township of Balephetrish on the north coast of the island surrounded by crofting land and machair and a short walk to the stunning Balephetrish beach.  Corncrakes, hares and otters are nearby.  There are 5 en-suite bedrooms; 2 Doubles on the ground floor (1 with disabled facilities) and 2 Doubles & 1 Double/Twin on the first floor, a breakfast room and conservatory/lounge.  Well behaved dogs are welcome by prior arrangement.  Rockvale has been in the family for the last three generations.  There are various options for dining out on Tiree, the closest options are 3.5 miles from Rockvale.


We recommend advance table reservations are made for dinner in a hotel or local restaurant.

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