Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Coll, Island of, Argyll and Bute, is one of the Inner Hebrides. It lies just about halfway down this group's stretch from North to South. Coll lies 7 miles West from the nearest point of the large island of Mull. It is reached by steamer from Oban. Its trend is from North East to South West. It is 12 miles long and has an average breadth of 4 miles. Its surface is undulating, but nowhere reaches a greater height than 339 ft. Its East coast, by which the visitor usually approaches it, is forbiddingly rocky, but no sooner has one penetrated it by its small port of Arinangour (the only township on the island) than one perceives the rich, grassy, and arable — as well as mossy and peat-covered — land lying behind the eastern wall of rock. Along the West beach stretch bays of silvery-gold sand, embracing the peacock-coloured sea, the equal of any in the Inner Hebrides.
At the South end of the island at Breacacha stand the ruins of the old fortress-castle of the Macleans, one time lairds of Coll. Beside it there is that rarity, a dull and unpleasing 18th century, building. Rightly dismissed by Dr Johnson, on his famous and happy visit to Coll, as a “tradesman's box”, it was put up by the Macleans in 1750 when they found their old castle uninhabitable.
Coll shares the history of the rest of the Hebrides in passing from prehistory into Scottish history by way of Norse and Gaelic possession. Many of the island lochs, in which brown trout abound, display signs of Coll's past, in the “duns”, or small water-surrounded fortresses, to which inhabitants would retreat when their island was invaded from the sea.
It is a good place for a holidaymaker to dream away a midsummer season in angling for lively brown trout.
Nearby islands: Isle of Barra, Isle of Mull, Isle of Iona, Isle of South Uist, Isle of Tiree
Nearby towns: Oban
Nearby villages: Acha, Arnabost, Bousd, Bunessan, Clabhach, Salen, Torastan
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation