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I love Coll... Scotland's 1st Dark Sky Island!
The Isle of Coll in the Inner Hebrides enjoys a mild climate with a high sunshine record. Coll lies some 53 miles from Oban and is approximately 13 miles long by 3 miles wide, with many unspoilt sandy beaches. There are endless opportunities for hill and coastal walks with part of the island being an RSPB reserve.
Coll has a resident population of around 200 which engages mainly in farming, tourism, fishing, and craftwork. Project Trust, an educational charity for gap year students, is based on the island and provides employment for several islanders.
Common and grey seals, otters, dolphin and whales (ususally Minke) are regularly sighted, often viewed from the windows of Tigh na Mara. In the summer there is a profusion of wild flowers and there is a multitude of bird life including the (in)famous corncrake. The RSPB has owned a reserve on Coll for some years to promote the conservation of the corncrake and other island species. Weekly guided walks are usually available during the summer months.
There are many sites of archaeological interest including standing stones, forts, duns, crannogs and a souterrain.
For the more energetic there is bicycle hire, kayak hire and the island boasts an interesting 9 hole golf course. There is also loch fishing available.
Available on the island is a grocery/paper shop, post office, hotel, licensed restaurant, church and various craft shops.
Should medical attention be required Coll is fortunate to have a resident doctor and nurse.
The Isle of Coll is not just a summer destination. The winter months here can be just as breathtaking. The lack of light pollution permits clear views of the Northern Lights, Meteor showers and other wonders of the night sky, Coll were awarded Dark Sky Community Status in January 2014.
Coll exerts a curious influence on many, and of those who visit, many return frequently over the years, relishing the choice of total tranquillity or energetic pursuits.
Download 'I love Coll' Brochure (6MB).
Visitcoll.co.uk for more information