The Hebridean Isle of Coll is a small and rugged island which lies off the West coast of Scotland between Mull and Tiree.
Where is the Isle of Coll?
Coll enjoys a central location amongst the Hebrides and enjoys views to the many surrounding islands. On a clear day you can see the Outer Hebridean isles of Barra and South Uist to the north west. If you cast your eyes to the north, Rum, Eigg, Muck and Skye can be viewed. Mull, the Treshnish Isles and the Paps of Jura lie to the southeast and Gunna with Tiree beyond lie to the southwest. This panorama of varied islands serves as a dramatic backdrop to the Isle of Coll’s flower-filled machairs and sparkling white shell-sand beaches.
Coll has one main village, Arinagour, with a few other settlements dotted around the island. Arinagour is where the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry pulls into. Other amenities in the village include the Coll Hotel, the Island Cafe, Post Office, Fuel Station, Island Stores and a speciality food shop next to the Island Cafe. Younger visitors may find the village quite familiar… The Isle of Struay in the Katie Morag books is based on the Isle of Coll.
How big is the Isle of Coll?
The Isle of Coll is shaped like a fish and is approximately 13 miles long by 3 miles wide. This means that a good walk taking in a few beaches is easily achievable… And it is certainly possible to cycle round the island in a day to two depending on how athletic you are feeling.