Other Amenities in Colonsay

Archie's Bike Hire - Celebrating more than 35 years of cycle hire!

Prices for 2018:

Bikes: £8.00 per day/£40.00 per week

Serious Mountain Bikes: £10.00 per day/£45.00 per week

Children's Bikes: £5 per day/£25 per week

Small Children's Bikes: Free with adult bikes

TANDEM BIKE: £15 per day/£75 per week

Tag-a-longs, buggies and helmets free with bike hire!
Phone 01951 200355 and have your bikes delivered to your door

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Emergency services

In an emergency, call 999 and specify the service you require - Fire, Ambulance, Police or Coastguard, then supply details as requested.

Medical Practice

There is a full-time resident doctor and dispensing surgery, together with nursing and homecare provision to reflect local needs.


Strathclyde police at Oban maintain a Community Policeperson in post for Colonsay, also an independent communications system. The police operate a helicopter and boats, can also call upon the RNLI lifeboat.

Fire Service

There is a modern fire-station and fire engine at Scalasaig, and the volunteers can be alerted by means of a sophisticated call-out system. Volunteers are trained in the use of Breathing Apparatus and in specialised techniques outwith the demands of normal fire-fighting.

H.M. Coastguard

The volunteer coastguard unit is based at Scalasaig and undergoes regular training. The coastguards have a wide range of equipment and can quickly call upon outside assistance if required. Members are on 24 hour standby. The nearest RNLI lifeboat is at Port Askaig and H. M. Coastguard have their own powerful RIB, normally based at Oban.

Village Hall

The Village Hall was built to mark the Millenium and has excellent facilities. It can readily seat a wedding reception for up to 100 persons, and can cope with up to 250 persons at a ceilidh. It can be used for films, plays, exhibitions, meetings and can be hired for commercial use such as sales etc. The "Upper Room" is used primarily by the Arts and Crafts group.  The Village Hall is enhanced by the Community Garden, created from scratch and maintained by local volunteers.


The Primary School is at Kilchattan and has five pupils. The school is staffed and equipped to a very high standard and has an excellent reputation. Older children attend Oban High School and return at weekends. Until recently they were unable to get home at weekends in winter, but since October 2007 they benefit from a dedicated air-service.


Colonsay has normal 240 volt electricity supplied by an 11,000 volt undersea cable and maintained by a local representative, supported by very efficient support resources.

Water supply

There is an excellent water supply from natural sources, with state-of-the-art quality control achieved by 24 hour monitoring and treatment, supervised by a local representative.